While working in the café one day near closing time, there was a mysterious knock at the door. When I opened the door, no one was there – instead, there was a black box. As I carefully inspected and opened the flaps of the box, its only content was one black envelope. Written on it in white was “Welcome to the Anime Blogger Interrogation Game“.
I tore that envelope open, reading through its rules and regulations, thinking:”Man, that Tofu over a Sekijitsu sure knows how to write a fancy letter” and “That Iso’s pretty clever for creating this game.”
I also searched for the million dollars I was suppose to risk my life for (The Liar Game) but found a bunch of dust instead.
As my pride will not allow me to back down to a challenge, I humbly accept the quest to answer the five questions for this Anime Blogger Interrogation Game. (I couldn’t possibly refuse the opportunity to interrogate some other anime bloggers either.)
Considering I haven’t been blogging for a pretty long time, consider this my pre-come back, everyone~
The Rules of Iso-sama
Below is how the game works. For additional fun my comments are in the parentheses. This wasn’t a requirement of the game but my own attempt to add my own flavour into this game.
- Each person is supposed to follow the rule of fives.You are allowed to ask 5 questions, after which you can tag up to 5 bloggers by hyper-linking to their blog; 5 questions because it’s not too many to flood another blogger and occupy too much of his/her time, but yet a large enough number to ask your most important questions, and 5 bloggers to avoid spamming. Hence, prioritize your questions, and who you wish to ask!
(I see Iso has the same number sense as my boss, she also tells us to count our tickets in fives when selling them to customers. (I sell tickets at an amusement park part-time.))
- Those tagged are obliged to answer the questions in a blog post, and after which, they are entitled to create their own 5 questions and tag 5 other bloggers, so on and so fourth. You should answer your own 5 questions as well. You are allowed to tag the person that tagged you in the first place. Also, copy and paste this section on your blog so others can understand how the game goes.
(The words obliged and entitled makes me feel like I’m writing a prenuptial agreement for my marriage here, lol.)
- In the case where a blogger strongly refuses to answer a question, he/she must instead post a nice anime image, wallpaper or cosplay picture, et cetera in response to that question.
(“Even if you refuse, make it look good.” Either Iso is as aesthetics-oriented as all designers are or knows that people get distracted by pretty pictures.)
- To make things interesting, a blogger can include wildcards in his/her 5 questions by placing an asterisk, (*), after which those tagged are obliged to reveal something interesting about themselves that others did not previously know. There is no limit to the number of asterisks one can place (which means there can be up to 5 wildcard questions).
(It’s a good thing Tofu didn’t put five wildcard questions because I do not have that many interesting things to reveal about myself.)
- Anyone can feel free to start the game; you don’t necessarily need someone to tag you. Just create your 5 questions and tag your 5 people of choice. However, the catch is that you must answer your own 5 questions as well.
(The nice anime image doesn’t immune you from your own poison…I mean…questions.)
- To potentially prevent an endless game, this round of games will end on the 8th September 2012, 12pm JST (GMT +9). After which, no more bloggers can tag others to answer their questions.
(I can’t lie that I was looking forward to seeing my sister answer these questions 10 years in the future.)
Tofu’s Questions for Starburst
1) How did you come to discover the world of anime and thus the AniBlogSphere?
If I were to be technical, my first interaction with anime would have been when I was about 6-8 years old in China, watching Conan and Cardcaptor Sakura on TV. I remember watching a couple of episodes and getting interested by them but I never really chased down the episodes and watched them. I just watched them while they were on, completely oblivious of the fact that I would get sucked into the fandom in the future. My first real interaction came in grade 9, when after hearing about Serené talk about Maaya Sakamoto singing Platinum, Cardcaptor Sakura’s theme song, that I began to remember its episodes and wonder what ever happened to it.
At that time, the workload was very light and I had a considerable amount of free time, thus I began to watch the episodes and eventually the two Cardcaptor Sakura movies. Now this anime left quite an impression on me – almost like a void – I was pretty flabbergasted by the emotional effect that it had on me and it left me hungry for more. The Syaoran-Sakura relationship was development so well in that show, across its 62 episodes that I had to get more of them. Thankfully CLAMP likes to make crossovers and Tsubasa Resevoir Chronicles revived a somewhat older version of Syaoran and Sakura in another universe. I began to watch that and read the manga.
Though I didn’t entirely make it through all of the CLAMP works, I began to read other manga and watch other anime. On the recommendation of some random blog, I began to watch Shugo Chara and make my way through the Shoujo genre. I tried Yumeiro Patissiere, and Kaichou wa Maid-Sama because I am a huge sucker for romance at that time. I also read the Lovely Complex Series, a bit of It Started with a Kiss, Gakuen Alice and Pandora Hearts. Before I knew it I was sucked into animanga fandom.
As for my blogging career, it developed pretty much around the same time and at the same pace as my animanga fascination. I created a personal blog, named Runninglikethewind, in December of 2009 with random rants and thoughts about pop culture (e.g. Overrated Justin Bieber Fanbase, Chivalry being dead, etc) and eventually turned to some review posts about Kaichou wa Maid-sama and Angel Beats. Speaking of which, Foshizzel, Yi, Mint, Hellomoto, Serené Lin and sylphalchemist used to be my first commentors back then! Ahh, the nostalgia!
I’m not completely sure, but I think I stumbled across the aniblogsphere, through the portal of Metanorn, around May-June of 2010. I was completely blown away by the caliber of analysis and writing done by the collective bloggers. I used to design websites and photoshop when I was about ten years old, so when I checked out Sekijitsu, I went googly eyes over the theme design and graphics, and needless to say the content. Since that first encounter I kept going back and commenting on the animes that aired that I do know, or anime review posts in general, and became regulars of those two sites, while developing own, of course. Somwhere along that path, I began to watch current season anime, like Angel Beats, Kobato (CLAMP work), and Kaichou wa Maid-sama.
Interactions with the Metanorn, Sekijitsu, DDD cast, and not to mention other individual bloggers like Yi, Kelakagandy, and Xiao from eksentrik through twitter and commenting, I branched out my network and eventually built up the courage to start an team anime blog. That was the creation of Daifuuku. The rest of the story, you guys can figure out on your own.
Wow, reflecting back on my own history makes me realize that I should comment on these blogs that I used to visit daily more.
2) Which anime/manga do you have the strongest connection to?
I would say that it would be a tie between Cardcaptor Sakura and Usagi Drop. For the former, it could be that it was my first anime, because it was really that well written or both, but no other anime has tugged at my heart strings that much for all 62 episodes. I absolutely fell in love with all the characters, and quite literally with Syaoran himself. That show perfectly blended friendship, romance, with magic and supernatural elements and showcased purity and innocence throughout. It knows how to be bittersweet at times, with the pain that Sakura felt when her one-sided crush on Yuki finally caved. Considering I was quite boycrazy in the few years before I watched it, it kind of gave me hope and inspiration in a way.
I also felt a huge connection to Usagi Drop because I grew up without a father figure around, much like Kouki, and I grew up learning to be independent, similar to Rin. Although I have met my father during my childhood and less during my teenhood, he wasn’t really there for me during my growth. Rather than it being a crutch or a void, it boosted me up and made me what I am today. It was only last year that I really got to spend time with him and built that personal connection with him, which I missed out on the past 14 years. Watching Usagi Drop reminded me of my own life, in a way. Plus, it was so fluffy, touching and precious that it made me and pretty much most of the audience warm inside after every episode.
3) Your occupation outside of blogging?
Technically, if it is just outside of blogging, it would be a café manager, weddesigner and youtuber.
Seriously speaking, I’m going to be a grade 12 high school student the coming September. I am currently working as a ticket salesperson at a city amusement part for $9.60 per hour for a summer job. I go back to being a full-time student in September. I recently joined a dance group formed by some dancers at Anime North and we may do an outdoor showcase at another anime con late August. I am also a full time sister of my seven-year old sister. Is that enough?
4) Confess! Have you seen any Hentai before!? If you have, which ones and what did you think of it?
Yes, I have. I think it’s one of those things that moderate to heavy anime watchers cannot avoid if they do get into the animanga sphere and fandom. It’s inevitable. No matter who you are your curiosity will get the better of you.That’s what I believe.
I’ve seen maybe some parts of episodes of Yosuga No Sora, and Kiss x Sis, most of which were in short youtube videos. Although it’s not my thing, I can see why people would like the genre. It’s not as bad as they make it sound like it seem. I can say that it’s better than episodes of IS Infinite Stratos I’ve seen.
5) Tell us something about yourself that we might not have known
I have moved eleven times in the past eight years. Before the house I’ve had right now, my family were either renting a few rooms in another person’s house or rented an apartment and shared with someone.
The only siblings I have are half-sisters. There is no one who has the same mother and father as I do. I have two half sisters – both of my parents remarried when they divorced. My mom actually re-divorced, so she has been a single mother most of her life (Love her~<3). Only my sister (who I live with – share mother) has more half siblings than I do – she has two on her father’s side, and me, making a total of three.
I am quadlingual ….kinda. I was born in China, so I know how to speak Mandarin, I came to Canada and I learned English. I started learning French since grade 4, though I am not fluent in conversational french, and I have been learning spanish in school for 2 years now. I’ve actually participated at an province-wide spanish contest this past school year and place 10th for my level. I found myself loving Spanish more than French, though.
I had real boy crushes, at one per year, from my grade 5 year to my grade 9 year and all of them have failed (miserably), especially that of grade 6 and grade 7. Looking back everything that I did seemed so stupid. I even have diary entries from back then and they are honestly the funniest things ever. It is honestly the epitome of the expression ‘blinded by love’.
Starburst’s 5 Questions
My justification for the picks? Well, first of all, considering Tofu picked a whopping four writers in the Metanorn, I felt that I shouldn’t pick any because it would have seemed repetitive. So instead I picked the Seki peeps: Mint – a classy writer who is an senpai to me, and Umizi, the cute and fresh new lemon/pork-chop over there. This is my way of saying welcome to the aniblogsphere~
Canne was a very worthy opponent of ours in the Tourney and Yi and Krizzlybear are very respectable figures in the aniblogsphere. This seems like the perfect opportunity to ask them some questions before some else steals/tags them first. So I am snatching that half price bento before the mob comes in!
Onto the questions:
1) How would you define your own (ani)blogging style? If any, who or what has influenced/inspired your style?
My blogging style usually revolves around imagery combined with analysis of emotional development of shows. I would always like to intergrate stories in the beginning of my posts to set the flow or mood before readers dive their brains into the rest of the post. Blogging is like cooking (we’re getting into the food similes here once again), thus I would go through the entire process of setting up the table, appetizers, entrée, main course, desert – with a delicious start and a sweet finish. Humour is a nice touch, but isn’t always necessary.
Sekijitsu’s Mint and Metanorn’s writer have served as great inspiration for me. Reading OC ‘s detailed analysis of shows and the flare and flow in Mint’s refined writing inspired me to develop my own way of writing, while learning from theirs.
2)Other than the Anime/Manga fandom, what other fandoms/interest do you have?
I have recently gotten into the Japanese Idol Fandom and it is indeed intense as well as addicting. More specifically I’ve been sucked into the AKB48 and Hello! Project idol fandom after being introduced to it by Serené a while ago. Now I’m following TokyoHive and Hello Sayuni! for all news regarding new singles, music videos, members rankings. I even have an oshimen for AKB48/SKE48 – Matsui Jurina!
Considering I now cannot control myself from dancing while listening to these songs, I can safely say that I’m addicted.
3)What is your taste in music?
J-idol and J-pop in general. I listen to a lot of S/mileage, Morning Musume, C-ute, and AKB48. The rest of my ipod is anisongs. I also enjoy Vocaloid and especially love Mr. Music. I’m a fan of Supercell, Nagi Yanagi and ClariS.
4)*(Wildcard Question! Reveal something interesting about yourselves that others did not previously know.)
Read question five in section above
5)What is a limit that you would challenge yourself to push?
I want to challenge myself to write more reviews and editorials and take more risks with them. I would like to do some research on a specific topic and build a series of projects or editorials from that, but I never disciplined myself to do that. I also want to challenge myself to be more organized and disciplined as well, in terms of blogging and management, to be more timely with posts, as I always seem to procrastinate.
I would also challenge myself to watch a wider genres of anime and experiment more with everything.
There you have it! My round in the Anime Interrogation Game! If you’ve been tagged, I look forward to your responses, if you haven’t, I believe you can start your own round within your circle of bloggers! Have fun and don’t forget to turn off that bright lamp in the interrogation room!