A few months ago I was tagged for the Sunshine Blogger Award for the first time. Ever since then, 3 more people were kind enough to tag me for the same thing again! At this rate, I’ll actually start to think I’m good at blogging.

A big thank you to Hikari, YumDeku and TheRandomEditor for thinking of me while making your posts.

Now let’s get onto the rules and the questions – 33 of them! 

Or not… In the case of the same question being asked more than once, I will just jump on to the next question.

 

Sunshine Blog Award Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog so that other people can visit them
  • Answer the 11 questions put to you by the nominator
  • Nominate 11 bloggers of your choosing and provide them with a new set of 11 questions to answer
  • Notify the nominees by commenting on one of their blog posts
  • List the rules and display The Sunshine Blogger Award logo within your post or on your blog site

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Hikari

1, What was the first manga you read ?

If we are talking about physical releases that would be Assasination Classroom Volume 5. If we are talking about things I read online, that was actually My Hero Academia.

2,How do you feel about ani/manga tubers ? If you like them say which one is your favorite.

I’m not really sure. There are a few that do have decent content, like Glass Reflection or Gigguk (at times), but the majority of them don’t really grab my interest.

3,What platform for games do you like the most and explain why.

I more or less stopped being a gamer to be honest since I haven’t played anything so far in 2019.

4,What place would you visit in Europe and why ?

Italy once again because I have a huge love for the language and culture. The Scandinavian countries cause they all seem so cool. I really love Europe and travelling so any country would do really.

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I wish that was in Europe

5,Are you proud to be an otaku or a geek ?

I’m learning to embrace my geekness even if it may not help me a lot on the social life aspect oops.

6, How does your family feel about you being an otaku ?

It’s a topic we briefly talked about maybe 2 or 3 times. Not much recently. Mom probably remembers it and ofcourse she can see my manga and light novels too. I think she is fine with it but she would probably want me to get a more “social” hobby alongside it as well.

7,What made you want to start a blog ?

The prospect of turning my passion for anime into something that would bring me monetary gains. And that really sounds greedy doesn’t it.

But along the way I stopped worrying about that and realized blogging is a good thing to do for many other reasons.

8, Do you collect anime DVDs , manga, or anime merch ?

Yeah my manga collection gradually keeps increasing. I would like to go full weeb by getting posters or other types of merchandise, but maybe one day when I’ll live alone and with more money.

9, In the community , do you prefer MAL or AniList ?

I’m all for MAL simply because I never really felt the need to switch sites. Even tho I came to realize the MAL forums can really be a toxic place.

10,What do you think is the anime any anime fan should watch ?

Shirobako cause it’s an anime that celebrates its own medium and it’s an experience like no other.

11, Do you like asian dramas ? If you do which one is your favorite ?

I don’t follow Asian dramas.

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What was the first anime you watched?

The first anime I watched while knowing it was anime was Death Note. But I seem to have some vague memories of Astro Boy, which I’m not sure why but that actually could had been my first anime experience instead.

What part of blogging do you find the most challenging?

Sometimes writing intros or outros can be tough. Sometimes it feels tough to literally write anything that makes sense, in a way that feels interesting to read. So I end up with two bad sentences after half an hour of writing. Usually when that happens the post ends up forever in the drafts or it’s just scrapped.

Is your blogging personality true to yourself or have you made some changes in the way you present yourself?

I’m trying to more or less be “true to myself” cause that should be the point here, right? Pretty much no one in real life would care if I’d get into long monologues about anime so I have to do them somewhere…

If you could bring one piece of an anime series — a magic spell, a piece of equipment, a technology, or something like that — to our world and use it, what would it be?

I don’t know why is this proving harder to answer than I expected. Maybe because I watch slice of life too much?

What anime world would you absolutely never want to live in?

This is probably a very common answer but Attack on Titan.

Who’s your embarrassing anime crush?

I don’t really know which one could be considered embarrasing to be honest. Probably any anime crush is, to the people that aren’t into anime.

What anime are you enjoying the most right now?

Recently it’s been Welcome to the N.H.K and Tari Tari. Also I just finished rewatching Bloom Into You yesterday and it was wonderful.

Out of the currently airing stuff, it’s easily Chihayafuru but I’m very excited for new Alicization and Dr Stone episodes as well.

Which anime character do you see yourself the most in?

It’s weirdly both Oreki Houtarou and Chihaya Ayase. When I really get into things, I can be as one-track minded and dedicated as even Chihaya Ayase. Or at least that’s what I believe. But when I don’t have a particular interest towards something but find myself having to do it, I’m like Oreki Houtarou. It’s a weird, contrasting combination.

You have to swap two main characters from (anime) series around.. for example Naruto and Goku… who would you choose and which of the series would you want to watch more?

What if Oreki Houtarou was the main character of Psycho Pass 3 and the people around him would have to bug him with their “watashi kininarimasu” until he finally gives in and actually starts solving the crimes?

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What is your favourite blog post that you’ve produced?

I think my two “7 openings” posts, and that Saki Hanajima appreciation post were quite good, so probably one of those. 

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What was the first light novel you read?

Digitally, it was when I started a bit of the Konosuba LN, physically it was Attack on Titan The Harsh Mistress of the city which I read very recently.

Do you know Fire Emblem? Or at least played any video game?

Not really.

What is your preferred demographic in anime? Shoujo, Shounen, Kodomomuke, Seinen, or Josei?

If you look at my main favorites I guess Shoujo/Josei? But I don’t really pick shows based on the demographic.

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Do you take seasonal breaks from time to time?

Since Fall 2017, when I first started watching seasonal anime, I never really skipped a season. But in the last two seasons I kinda started jumping into them a bit later than usual, so that may become a new habit for me.

Do knowing spoilers beforehand actually ruin the experience?

It definitely does impact my experience. But maybe less in a Romance series perhaps, where spoilers like “they confessed” or “kissed” are something you would kinda expect from such an anime anyway.

If you weren’t blogging, where would you be?

Focused even more on the video editing I guess.

Questions & Nominations

Now who to nominate that hasn’t done this already? Or should I just not bother thinking about that and nominate anyone? Sorry in advance!

 

  1. Which season of anime in 2019 was the best one?
  2. Which anime are you most looking forward to in 2020?
  3. Do you have a favorite anime studio?
  4. Do you have a favorite voice actor?
  5. What is the longest period of time you spent without watching any anime?
  6. At what age did you got into anime?
  7. Have you ever cosplayed?
  8. Have you ever been to an anime convention?
  9. How popular is anime in your country?
  10. What anime really needs a new season?
  11. What manga or light novel really needs to be adaptated into anime?

 

Once again I’m making my preview of a new anime season later than most, but I think I actually like it better this way.

Spending the first few weeks of a new anime season not watching anything new that is airing gives me more time. Time which can be spent watching older anime, making AMVs, reading or studying since university has started and all that…

It also kind of makes these posts easier to write – I’ve seen some tweets related to the new anime so those screenshots or bits of information can give me the extra push to maybe start an anime or in other cases, decide it would be better not to start something.

Fall 2019 has sounded exciting because of the great sequels it offers. But the offerings beside the sequels honestly seem to be dissapointing this season. But let’s get started with the good stuff first.

Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld (MAL link)

Since the end of March and the sadness of the final Alicization episode, I’ve been dying to find out just what exactly has been going on in those final minutes of the episode. How are they gonna defend themselves? Is Asuna suddenly in the Underworld now? Is Kirito’s life in danger again?

Some of those questions have already been answered in the first 2 episodes of SAO Alicization Part 2. It reminds me so much of this time last year, when I was hugely hyped for Alicization Part 1. Not much has changed a year later, other than the name of this year’s SAO sequel.

Also the new ending sequence is incredible in every single possible way and I cannot express this enough. Take a look for it yourself.

My Hero Academia Season 4 (MAL link)

It’s been so long since My Hero Academia Season 3 that the anime I watched recently have changed the experience of watching MHA. I’ll now constantly think of Eren Yaeger when Shoto Todoroki is talking, same as Iride from Nakanohito Genome whenever Izuku speaks. And I know I’m probably the only person in the world who feels that way about the latter.

These aren’t even the only characters I started associating more with other anime, there is also Momo Yaoyorozu whose voice actress is also Armin Arlert, can you believe? I really need to make a separate post on this topic cause I too often find myself amazed with the range of Japanese voice actors.

But right, MHA Season 4? I guess it’s good to see the series back and it’s interesting to see how will the story move on now that All Might has retired.

Psycho-Pass 3 (MAL link)

Psycho-Pass brings me back to that Summer of 2017 when I first got into this whole anime thing. It was one of the very first anime I watched, hence why I’ve seen it dubbed. Which now reminds me – I’ve never actually seen Psycho-Pass subbed so Season 3 will be my first experience of the franchise in the subbed version.

I’m very much looking forward to it, and one hour for each episode will be an interesting change from the usual. Also, I hope Kougami will be back in some way, cause I remember I enjoyed his character the most.

Chihayafuru 3 (MAL link)

I’ve saved the best sequel for last. To say I’m looking forward to it would be an understatement. I don’t know how I managed to survive the 3 months since watching this for the first time and the start of the new season.

But I also don’t know how I’ll survive the weekly waiting for new episode(s) of Chihayafuru. When I watched it for the first time, my highest streak was 14 episodes in a day, with plans for more but I stopped myself in order to have a bit more left for the next days.

Chihayafuru gives me so many warm memories. I have no doubt a third season will be the same. Chihaya Ayase showed me what it truly means to be determined. I cannot wait to root for her again as she aims to become the next karuta queen. I cannot wait for more of Taichi’s analytical karuta, and Arata’s mastery. I cannot wait for more teamwork from the school club as well as seeing the characters from the other schools as well. There is so much from Chihayafuru that I cannot wait to experience again.

Just. Two. More. Days.

Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious (MAL link)

The first of the non-sequels for this season. Cautious Hero is definitely the non-sequel Fall 2019 anime I’ve seen the most about so far. From what I’ve gathered, it seems to give some Konosuba vibes, especially since the goddess is being deemed useless.

I may watch it for the goddess cause I do like her design. And the whole twist of the main character being too cautious does seem good. But it can also potentially get too repetitive, which I hope won’t be the case.

Africa no Salaryman (MAL link)

This could be another one of those anime that just look so bad that I may actually give it a go just to see how bad it can get. And PV aside, “animals living beyond the savanna and the food chain”? It does kinda sound interesting…

Ascendance of a bookworm (MAL link)

I’m not sure about this one. The premise seems a bit different than your usual isekai, with the MC not being tasked to save the world. She simply has her own goal that she wants to achieve. It’s kinda interesting.

But there seems to be some negative feedback so far, especially worries about its pacing, which is a crucial element that I’m less likely to forgive.

Afterschool Dice Club (MAL link)

Cute girls playing board games. With people calling it a good match with Hitoribocchi, Yuru Camp, and even Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho. When someone calls an anime a good match with the latter, I more often than not end up watching it, since Sora Yori is one of my all time favorites.

I don’t expect such highs here, but if Afterschool Dice Club has some elements of the three mentioned anime that I all enjoyed, why not give it a go?

Beastars (MAL link)

More animal characters. A decent PV, albeit with a lot of CG. A good score for a new anime. Genres Slice of Life and Psychological. All of this kind of makes me interested although I’m not yet sure if I’ll actually really watch this.

Babylon (MAL link)

I love me a good mystery anime and this could have potential. Although by the synopsis it sounds like this would be better off with more than just 12 episodes. But maybe that’s just me.

It’s fall. Temperatures have started falling, night is arriving much earlier. For some people it may be a sad time, but personally I’m feeling extra positive energy simply because the weather is this way. Just another thing to make me weird I guess.

No matter how you feel about autumn though, everyone could use something to make them feel better from time to time. And for me, what often quickly does the trick are anime openings and endings.

Maybe you can remember that towards the start of my blogging career I made a post listing 7 openings and endings that make you feel everything will be alright. If this is your first time hearing about that post, you can take a look at it here.

Consider this a sequel to that post. Now allow me to start improving your mood (hopefully) with some anime openings and endings.

Araburu Kisetsu no Otome domo yo Opening (CHiCO with Honeyworks – Otome domo yo)

Opening of the season? Forget about that. This, along with the next entry on this list is surely my favorite opening of the year. I could listen to it many times on repeat and not get tired of it at all.

There is a hint of melancholy in this song as well as a feeling of empowerment and liberty. I also love the way that instrumental part at the beginning was used, with the characters reading out lines as they would in their school literature club. That same instrumental is, by the way, how do I describe it, heavenly. Full of lovely visuals as well, there is so many things to love about this opening sequence.

Fruits Basket 2019 Opening 2 (ai otsuka – Chime)

This makes me smile all the way through every single time. To put it simply, everything from the song and the visuals just makes me so happy. I love the umbrella theme and the different designs each character has. I love going through the sequence and seeing each character being introduced. And I know it’s such a simple and basic thing, ofcourse an opening sequence would be introducing the characters, right? But in this case there is something more special to it. I guess what I’m trying to say is that giving each of your characters an unique umbrella is a great way to introduce your characters in a sequence…

I also love how it ends with Tohru running towards all of the characters and then all of them throwing their umbrella in the air. To say I don’t mimic some kind of an umbrella throwing move every time at the end would be a lie.

Girlish Number Opening (Bloom)

There is so much cuteness and overall good vibes in this opening. And I really love how they played with the visuals. By that I mean the color schemes and “abstract” backgrounds. And the way the camera zooms in towards the diomedea logo – for some reason it’s so satisfying.

This opening gives me those fall/autumn feels. It’s mainly because I watched it in Fall 2017, but Fall 2016 is the season it actually aired in, so it really is a “Fall” anime. And every time the characters form that star with their fingers, I get reminded of that one time I used that exact screencap for a school art project. Good memories.

Hanasaku Iroha Ending 1 (Sphere – Hazy)

This ending song works so well on a roadtrip. It’s very gentle and soothing. Imagine being on a trip listening to this song and watching the sun come out.

Relax because things will work out. Relax and enjoy the journey. These are the vibes that I’m getting from this song.

(Hanasaku Iroha review)

Kaguya-sama: Love is War Ending (halca – Sentimental Crisis)

I already made a specific post about this particular ending sequence, but in summary; it’s cute, it’s dreamy, and it gets the “making you feel everything will be alright” job done.

What’s dreamy here isn’t necessarily the song, it’s the visuals and the whole story of the ending sequence. We are invited into Kaguya’s sweet dreams which involve activities with the student council members.

This is another song with a hint of melancholy, but it becomes warm and sweet by the end. Or should I say, kawaii?

Sakura Quest Opening 2 ((k)now_name – Lupinus)

Motivating lyrics. Even if you don’t know Japanese, you will understand words like “yes go ahead, let’s try again, so find a way only live once”. Upbeat music. Sympathetic ways of introducing the characters. These are the main things I love about this opening sequence.

I even made an AMV on this song recently, only to have it manually taken off YouTube cause of copyright…

Hyouka Ending 2 (Kimi ni Matsuwaru Mystery)

I know that after the recent tragic events many people may not see this as an ending sequence that would “make you feel everything will be alright”. But I still really wanted to mention this ending.

There is so much charm to it and it’s instantly memorable with its unique visual style. I don’t think detectives searching for criminals has ever looked cuter.

Thank you Kyoani ♥️

By the way…

…today is basically this blog’s birthday. Yes, I’ve actually been doing this for a year now. From starting with this to overall 75 posts. It’s been an exciting journey with many trials and errors. I don’t really know how well any of it worked but I do know I’m proud of myself for starting all this and continuing with it. All of this has definitely made me grow, and I’m looking forward to more of that.

And ofcourse, I want to give my warmest thank you to anyone who ever clicked on any of my content. I hope you could take at least something good out of it.

Thank you for sticking with me. I’ll keep trying my best to produce something of value, whether if its in written or video form.

Yeah I had to take a picture that includes Saki

In an anime like Fruits Basket where pretty much every character is fleshed out with a memorable and emotional backstory, it’s hard to pick one single character as your favorite.

However, there was a certain character who through the series, intrigued me every time she appeared. And when we got not just one, but two episodes focused on her, I knew that if I had to pick a favorite Fruits Basket character, it would be her.

I’m talking, ofcourse, about the one and only, Saki Hanajima. So what exactly makes her so special?

Obviously, the wave powers. If I’m not mistaken, Saki’s powers make her the only character outside the Sohma family with some kind of supernatural aspect to them. Please forgive me if I’m wrong, cause I’m an anime-only watcher of Fruits Basket.

This fact alone makes Saki stand out. But the way her powers have been portrayed in the anime before her backstory episode tricked many people, me included. I never really thought too much about the wave powers. I kind of thought it wasn’t really a serious thing. And since Saki seemed like a character interested in the occult stuff, I thought at best that it was something she learned as a hobby, perhaps?

Until THAT episode happened and I realized – it was real. Very real. And it impacted her life quite a lot.

I know what it’s like to be bullied. Middle school was a dark time for me. But I still cannot imagine how hard it must have been for Saki. What she has been through, at such a young age too, is honestly horrifying. And yet when the suffering has gone too far to the point that her powers almost did something terrible, she knew it was wrong. If someone less kindhearted had those powers, who knows what they would start doing with them. Saki was given the worst possible treatment, and yet she knew that returning the favor wouldn’t be the right thing to do. I’m proud of her for enduring such a tough time, and also thankful for her loving and supportive family.

The maturity of her brother, Megumi, is also incredibly admirable. His words during his prayer have been extremely powerful.

There’s no way that there’s not a single person out there who will care about you. So, whoever you are, please come meet her. If you’re in a faraway country, take a plane. Quickly…come to Saki as soon as possible. Please…

Megumi to Saki

Thankfully, someone who cared really did enter Saki’s life. Arisa and Tohru were considered weird but they didn’t care, instead they seemed to embrace that.

You really are weird

Everybody says that

I loved this scene so much. Being “weird” and proud. I need a friend like Arisa and Tohru (and Saki ofcourse) in my life too.

Even if someday you three go your own separate ways, it doesn’t mean anyone’s being fickle, and you don’t need to feel lonely. Some part of that relationship will always stay with you. I’m sure of it.

Kyoko Honda to Saki

More impactful words from Tohru’s mother. This quote really makes me cherish the connections I had with people in my life. Even those that ended abruptly, with people I considered “best friends”. Right now, for whatever reason, those connections ended, but at the time, they did make my life better. And they did leave an impact on my life. If one of them ever reads this it would be insanely awkward, but one of those people is the very person that got me into watching anime. So you could say they changed my life quite a lot actually.

For Saki, Tohru and Arisa showed her a different side of life. The fun, colorful side, where she is accepted the way she is. I really love the bond these three characters have.

Soooo, I was talking about what makes Saki so special, right? Well other than the way her wave powers have been portrayed, and just the entirety of her backstory, it’s also her personality.

Have I mentioned she is kindhearted? Even after everything she’s been through, she still occasionally feels bad for wanting friends like Tohru and Arisa to come into her life.

Saki makes every single one of her appearances memorable in some way. Whether it’s her dominating everyone in poker, her getting exhausted after H U G E amounts of running, or her reminding Yuki and Kyo that Tohru must be lonely for New Year, she shines in every moment she has screentime.

We could already see in Episode 8 just how strong her powers are…

I love Saki’s straightforwardness and how she won’t deal with any nonsense. I love her fantastic voice actress, Satomi Sato. And finally, I love Saki’s style and appearance, I certainly don’t care if it’s all black cause anything else would feel wrong.

And that concludes my essay on why I love Saki Hanajima. Now let me continue crying because her backstory is just that strong, and Fruits Basket has just one more episode left.

Yahallo! Notice anything different about this site? That’s right, an entire new look. I had the same theme since the start, which was some 10 months ago. I thought it worked quite well, but feedback from a few people made me think it’s something I could look into changing. I had it in my mind for a while now and now that I did the change, I’m very happy with the new look. I hope you feel the same way about it!

If you’ve read the title you can probably guess what this post is about. I haven’t made a lot of blog posts in the last, well months now, and it’s all for a reason. What started as a break for the summer exam period, became an extended break to reflect and focus more on other things. Those other things are video editing ofcourse.

And I think it’s gonna remain the focus. In the next few weeks I’m again busy due to the exam chaos, I still haven’t passed the difficult electrical engineering, and I’m planning to also work once again in the next days. But once those things end, I’m going to be dedicating most of the time to video stuff once again.

This blog is here to stay. But there won’t be 10 posts monthly as it used to be. I’m sorry for that. But what I will post, I hope to make it as enjoyable as possible. A more “liberal” posting schedule has less of that “it has to be done” pressure anyway.

I’m talking like this when the only kind of posting routine I had was one post every 3 days. How does it feel then for those hard working bloggers who post daily? I admire those that do that!

Anyway the videos. I already mentioned that Sakura Quest AMV in a previous post but let me do it again. The first of the AMVs I posted in the last month was a Sakura Quest typographic AMV made on the opening song of that anime. Typography in videos is something I really enjoy, and in this case I used it to highlight the english words from the opening.

Next up was a Fire Force character video, dedicated to Maki Oze. The idea was simply to find a few fitting words to describe her, and then freeze a few frames, and make a fancy background that fits the word. I was very happy to see this be my first video to break the 1000 views barrier!

The latest video is a Fruits Basket lyric video. The song is Switzerland’s Eurovision 2011 entry called In love for a while. Out of the three videos, this one I’m most proud with. Making it made the wait for a new Fruits Basket episode much easier, cause, well, it made me go through the anime once again.

That would be all for this, kind of an update, kind of an invitation to take a look at my AMVs kind of post. See you next time, whether it’s on a video or a blog post!