Finding the Form, Reason and Truth of Overcooled’s heart
Like a swarm of locusts, the Anime Interrogation Game has been sweeping the aniblogosphere with force. Iso has created a rather catchy trend that has been getting bigger and bigger. All the cool bloggers are doing it (including Metanorn’s own Kyokai) and it sounds a lot more fun than the plague so I agreed to answer the questions of both Tofu and Yippy. I originally declined because I didn’t want to follow the “tag other people” rule, but I’ve received special permission (not really) to ignore this. Hopefully I don’t get into trouble for this. The blogging police could turn out to be pretty scary people!
Rules: Show ▼
1) How did you come to discover the world of anime and thus the AniBlogSphere?
I got into anime and the aniblogosphere in a manner that was almost entirely due to random chance. I loved watching Pokemon and Sailor Moon as a kid, but I had no idea it was anime. One day I ended up buying a snazzy-looking DVD at my local music store because it was on sale. I had never heard of this mysterious “Neon Genesis Evangelion” but the cover looked cool, so I impulsively bought it. It was only after I watched it and realized this was something I enjoyed that I had to google what the hell it was I just watched. Once I knew it had a name, I could find more things like it. Thus began my life as an otaku, all thanks to judging every DVD or book I see by its cover.
Getting into aniblogging was yet another case of being in the right place at the right time. I was looking for music to download and Metanorn had it, so I ended up frequenting the site and reading the actual blog posts. Not long after I started stalking the site, a recruitment post went up. I thought to myself “let’s see if I can get past the first round of applications for a laugh!”..and ended up getting welcomed as a writer here. From there I just visited other blogs because Kyokai said it was something I should do (and I always obey the boss lady), although now I lurk about other blogs because I like it. Not exactly a fairy tale-like story, but that’s how it happened.
2) Which anime/manga do you have the strongest connection to?
Hmm…this is very tough. When it comes down to it, I think I have to say Metropolis though. I’m the type of person who never cries during sad movies, books, anime or manga – yet Metropolis has made my eyes produce waterfalls every damn time. It’s a beautiful movie, and I feel a strong, personal connection to one of the main villains, Rock. Seeing him try so hard to protect his father who couldn’t care less about him if he were a piece of gum on his shoe always brings memories of my childhood rushing back. I feel like I understand Rock’s sacrifices so well because of what I’ve been through myself, which is why I always get so emotional when I watch it. I’ve never felt a character’s pain like it was my own as much as I did while watching Rock.
3) Your occupation outside of blogging?
I’m a student! I’m double-majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology, and am currently in my fourth year. I hope to either go to med school or get some sort of Masters degree afterwards, so I’ll be in school for quite a while. I also work part time at a dojo teaching karate to both little kids and adults. Would you believe that some of the kids I teach are 4 years old? THEY’RE SO TINY AND CUTE AND I GET TO HIT THEM <3
4) Confess! Have you seen any Hentai before!? If you have, which ones and what did you think of it?
Oh, gee…I’ve seen some yaoi hentai, but I honestly don’t remember the names because I’m too afraid to put it on my MAL. I remember one called Level C? I think? It doesn’t look familiar when I google it though. Anyways, it was alright. There was a lot of rape, which bugged me quite a bit (for obvious reasons I doubt I have to explain). I also thought the animation quality was pretty bad. I think I transferred to drama CDs after since the budget for most of the hentai I saw was so bad. The imagination has no budget! =w=
5)* (I just played a Wildcard. Tell us something about yourself that we might not have known)
I’m obsessed with tea! I always have a huge stock of differently flavoured teas in my cupboard that range from simple things like mint to more exotic things like white tea with pomegranate and rose petals. I drink at least 2 cups a day, and never get sick of it.
1) Why are you still into anime/manga after all these year(s)? What keeps you interested in this mode of entertainment?
The reason I’m still here is because I have no answer to the question “why would I leave?”. Anime and manga has continued to be just as appealing as it was to me when I first popped an Evangelion DVD into my computer. Without any decrease in enjoyment, I really see no reason to change my habits, so I continue to feed my anime addiction like one would feed a housecat. A very obese housecat with a voracious appetite, mind you, but the point is that it’s a routine in my life so I keep at it. It’s fun!
2) If you could only visit/revisit one anime/manga series before you er…kick the bucket, what would it be? *(Wildcard-tell something interesting about yourself)*
How did you combine 2 questions into….? Okay, I’m breaking the rules so I shouldn’t question this. I guess I’d watch either Cowboy Bebop or Di Gi Charat if I was limited to one show for the rest of my life. They have a high rewatch value, which is hard to find since I rarely ever rewatch anything. If I’m watching one thing right before I die though, it’d probably be Haibane Renmei, because I like the way it deals with death, loss and coming to terms with things like that. It might be very therapeutic if I know I’m about to bite it.
WILDCARD TIME! Your interesting fact (whether or not it’s interesting is up to you, I suppose) about me is that I am very strict about things like alcohol and drugs. I don’t drink, smoke, do drugs or even buy energy drinks. I’ve studied the way these things mess up your brain thanks to my major, so I know exactly how bad they are. I really, really do not understand the appeal of getting crazy drunk or high and even bragging about it. It’s disgusting to me.
3) Who is your idol in the animanga industry? Be it a visionary director, a skilled seiyuu or even an animator, who is it?
Oh gee, an idol? I guess it would be the director Nakamura Kenji. He directed some of my favourite anime (Kuuchuu Buranko, Mononoke) as well as some pretty good shows (C, Tsuritama). I love his bright and chaotic style. It’s very unpolished and jumpy at times, but I’m oddly fond of this imperfection. There’s just something special and alluring about his work, even if it doesn’t always make sense.
4) If you could have a chat with any fictional animanga character, who would it be?
I answered this in the “50 questions” thing that was all the rage a few months ago or so, and my answer remains the same. I’d sit down in a comfy place with Kino from Kino no Tabi and talk about her travels. For those unfamiliar with the show, Kino is a traveler who spends a maximum of 3 days in each place. Every town she visits has a very different set of rules, morals and customs that ranges from bizarre to chilling. Each town is sort of like a critique at different aspects of humanity, and Kino is the passive observer. She’s seen so much that it might take 3 whole days for her to tell me everything!
5) What’s the most important advice you’d give to a person who’s interested in writing as an aniblogger?
Yippy’s advice was “Write every day” which is very good advice that you should definitely follow. My advice is to read every day. Firstly, read other aniblog posts. You will get new ideas for how to format posts and might even be inspired. Just seeing what’s out there really made me feel fired up to write better to try and compete. I know it’s not a competition, but by nature I feel the need to claw my way to the top – even if there is no actual top. Reading other posts also reminds you what’s great about the aniblogosphere. Reading the work of a passionate blogger is motivational. It doesn’t even have to get you to write. You might just sit there and say “that was a good post” and just feel content for the rest of the day. It’s almost always good for you to read other people’s posts, and I haven’t even talked about the bonuses of networking. Secondly, read books. This is my best advice, because it improves almost every area of your writing the more you do it. I write a lot faster and better (to me) if I’ve been reading a lot that week. A good writer must be an avid reader as well.
Overcooled’s Tagging Time
This is where I’m supposed to tag people to answer questions, but I just can’t bring myself to ask people to do it. I can’t! I’d be admitting to the world that there are people I am actually fond of, and that simply will not do. If you want to be tagged, I’ve prepared some questions I can use to
find out your deepest fears get to know you so go ahead and take the challenge! In other words..I tag anyone reading this who wants to make a post or just answer in the comments section. That means I don’t have to reveal all the aniblogs I secretly lurk at! So there you have it: the aniblogger interrogation game. It was fun for me, and maybe vaguely fun for you. Now go answer some questions! (My answers are under the spoiler tags, because I’m obligated to answer my own questions ugh).
1) Is there a certain time of day (morning, evening, during lunch breaks at work) that you prefer to blog at?
2) Name an anime you watched to the very end (but wish you didn’t). Explain your grief.
3) What’s the most expensive piece of anime merchandise you’ve ever bought?
4) How do your parents feel about your anime obsession? Do they even know about it?
5) Which of the 7 sins are you most guilty of?