It’s Real Neat to Have Blogger Friends (Real Neat Blog Award)

Hello all! Just when I was thinking of how dull my reviews can be at times, JekoJeko over at UEM! reminded me of my creativity in the form of a nomination – The Real Neat Blog Award! So regardless of the ceiling-high stack of reviews I still have to write, I will take this little break graciously. Thank you very much, JekoJeko.

UEM! brings forth tiny details hidden in anime and intricately weaves them with “unfettered and unnecessary opinions” to form truly thought-provoking posts. But whether it’s Christian beliefs, first impressions or great biased reviews, JekoJeko always manages to keep me wanting more content, and isn’t that the goal of a blogger? UEM! is a new key Aniblogger site in the community, and you should do yourself the favor by following them around (click here)!

JekoJeko asked seven questions as part of the award criteria, and here are my answers:

  1. Who or what got you to start watching your first anime?

I watched Ghibli movies, Sailor Moon, Pokemon, Beyblade, and Yu-Gi-Oh all prior to my first anime, but I do not count them since at the time, I did not know they were anime, nor what anime even was.

Sadly, I didn’t have a buddy to get me into anime ๐Ÿ˜ฆ so I have been a lone wolf up until recently. What got me into anime was actually an incredibly embarrassing, cheek-burning question: What is hentai? After a totally appropriate Google search, I found Negima!? the Spring and Summer OVAs, and though they are nowhere close to actual hentai, the magic comedy and youth aspects made me crave more! I wrote a whole story about it here if you want more depth.

  1. What do you think is your most controversial opinion about anime/manga?

Honestly speaking, probably that The End of Evangelion is one of the most transformative and fresh breath-inducing films I’ve ever seen, and that the series is just as spectacular. It’s been one of the most controversial opinions to bomb the anime chat rooms and forums since 1997, but I think its messages of rebirth through death are inspiring (no, I’m not going to do anything crazy). I’m just saying, you can’t deny the weird vibes you get when Lilith Rei initiates the Human Instrumentality Project.

Also controversial, I think in order to start the Fate anime franchise you should start with Fate/Zero. There, I said it. Haters go hate.

  1. What song do you wish could be an anime opening or ending?

What a fun question! Let’s see, any Train songs like “Drive By” or “Mermaid” fit the bill for a fun show in my opinion. They’re upbeat and pretty catchy. I like it when folk, Irish, or classical music is reprised for anime to enhance the mood, so maybe something like that?

  1. Has a show ever impacted your beliefs or values in an important way?

Anything by Kyoto Animation has made me realize how delicate relationships and lives themselves are, and that life is so much more interesting with others. Additionally, works like Chu-2, Beyond the Boundary, and Free! showed me how literally beautiful and vast the world is. Every small vase on a windowsill; every miniscule patch of grass growing through the cracks of concrete; every scrunched little alley big enough for one only one car to pass through, so the other person pulls over, gets out and waves to the other like all’s right with the world, allowing them to pass first; every charming, wooden, traditional Japanese home as well as modern homes; All of it is present in KyoAni works, which taught me to be most of all humble.

  1. What’s the most exciting thing you’ve been a part of?

For most of my childhood, my siblings and were a band that performed Irish, fiddling, classical, and even pop music for organization banquets and meetings. In fact, we’ll play for a friend’s wedding in August. Though there have been rough times, it was at the very least thrilling in multiple ways, probably the highlight of excitement for my childhood. ๐Ÿ™‚

Last year, high school, I formed a small orchestral group that performed at seasonal concerts and various ceremonies. We played pieces that I had written myself, which was an incredible honor to do so with my friends! I couldn’t thank people enough for the waves of positive feedback and standing ovations we have received! There were too many late nights of writing, though, so for now, we are on hold.

  1. Which show do you wish your life was more like?

“Honestly any show. Anything. I am so boring.”

I’ve always thought that life was boring, that I’m the kid in class waiting for the mass murderer to show up and blow up the entire school, to which I escape, meet a cool boy/girl, and we fight off the villain. That or the apocalypse. But then I started to realize, unless I’m the one receiving the mysterious powers or magical strengths, it would be a huge inconvenience and a horrible thing to wait through. I mean, my family and friends could die!

So now, like most everyone, I seek out the slice-of-life route. Perhaps Free! because I am in swimming, or even Kokoro Connect like Keatle had said in his nomination because of the close bonds with friends. I’ll live an enchanting yet ordinary high school life – ideal for anime . . .

But I’ll always be expecting something to happen, something to shake up the world.


  1. What’s your biggest goal in life, and how do you plan to achieve it?

Ahh jeez, here’s the big question. What to do with my life? Well, I want to be successful and happy at the same time, but I do not know how to do that – yet. I haven’t settled on a career, but if it could involve anime in some way, that’d be great. I’m sorry I can’t answer this yet, but I’ll work hard and keep looking forward now!

Here are a few people that I’d like to pass the nomination on to, as I think you all have “Real Neat” blogs. I’d be thrilled if you accept the award!! (I’ve been trying to look for people who haven’t already been nominated that deserve it, and there’s a whole slew of you that are awesome :D)

In the Cubbyhole

Curious Stars

The Huge Anime Fan

Viewer’s Discretion is Advised

Shay-shay’s Anime Blog

Jamie Talks Anime

Chibi Majo

Entertainment Review Project


Let’s Talk Anime



Now for my seven questions I’d love to ask these amazing people:

  1. Are you absolutely content with your blog? Do you plan to add any new segments or features soon?
  2. Have you ever considered creating a YouTube channel?
  3. Do you find yourself reading more manga, playing more games, or watching more anime?
  4. What is the first anime that you recommend to a new person, considering that they are cool with any genre and episode length
  5. Do you prefer to buy anime limited or standard edition, if any?
  6. Borrowing this one from JekoJeko, which show do you wish your life was more like?
  7. What is one anime that you will defend to your death, if any, regardless of its understandable flaws?

Here are the rules for the Real Neat Blog Award. If you choose to accept, please leave a comment below with a link to your post so that I may read it!

  1. Put the award logo in your Blog
  2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you
  3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking their blogs
  4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, liking their blogs
  5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog)
  6. Ask the bloggers 7 new questions

That was tons of fun, but it’s over now :(. A thanks to JekoJeko one last time, because otherwise I’d still be swamped in the lost, unsaid words of future reviews! I hope you have enjoyed reading and until next time, this has been

– Takuto, your host

29 thoughts on “It’s Real Neat to Have Blogger Friends (Real Neat Blog Award)

  1. Thank you for referncing me! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Regardless of that, it was great learning a bit more about the blogger behind the blog.
    Can I ask a question about your musical groups? What do you play? I ask this because I am genuinely interested, as I also used to be kind of a musician, I used to play bass.

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    • Not a problem. ๐Ÿ™‚
      And sure! Currently, I put a lot of pressure on the cello, which is what I take to contests, concerts, and other performances when I can. But that wasn’t my first love. Way back when growing up, there used to be this local string academy where you could take different classes for different instruments, primarily string.
      There, I picked up the guitar, and though it was the major for the longest time, I never wanted to do solo, just accompaniment. So one of the classes was a fiddle group, 6 string players and me on accompaniment guitar (crazy old western teacher also played, but she used the fiddle and square danced more often). We’d play for all kinds of things, but I never reached a wider range for guitar simply because I never needed to. Basic A, B, C, D, E, F, and G chords were all I ever needed, so I got the hang of patterns and such and mastered that art.

      Basically, I can’t play anything you hear on the radio nor jazz, but if you wanna square dance or do Irish jigs and tangos, I’m your man XD!

      And the bass, very cool! String bass or the guitar bass?

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      • Guitar Bass! ๐Ÿ™‚
        Had classes at a close-by school, but never really practiced. I used to play a lot of rock, but, while I loved lto listen to it, I didn’t really enjoy playing it. Then I started playing Jazz and Blues and, man, I started having a lot of fun.
        The school moved away, though, and it got really hard for me to practice without an objective.
        Haven’t played anything in about two years… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
        But sometimes my fingers yearn for those strings and my ears wait for the grave sounds… Now I use this energy to write. The computer keyboard became my instrument, I suppose.

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      • Didn’t the computer keyboard become all of our instruments? Amen. And it wants to play just as much as you do, but finding r inspiration and the time can be difficult. That’s very cool to hear there was a school, though like mine it’s no longer around. Isn’t music disappearing everywhere around the nation? At least jazz, fiddling, and Irish are slowly slipping away from everyone’s fingers. Such is life I suppose. Thanks for the pensive conversation! It’s always great to hear from another fellow musician.

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  2. Aw! I love your answer for question 4! Kyoani does such a great job showing how beautiful our world is! I loved Free! for that, and Euphonium too!

    Thank you very much for nominating me! And such a wonderful award, too! I can’t wait to answer your questions sometime this month for a blog post! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  3. you play music? that’s so cool! I’ve got this guitar just lying in my closet, never to be used haha (it might end up going to my youngest brother) and you can swim! I’d probably drown haha

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    • Haha, well hopefully he can get some sound out of it, ya know? And oh no, I was so soooo bad when I started swimming, like a “belly-flopping fool!” It was only after early morning practices and long after school ones that I became a lot better. Still room for a lot of improvement, though.

      Thanks for the comment!

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  4. Thank you for the wonderful ad! I’m still unsure whether to try to mediate my biases with other views or just embrace my ego completely in the articles I post; I guess it’s a spectrum I’ll explore depending on what the topic calls for.

    I really connect with your feelings regarding KyoAni. Watching one of their shows always makes me want to go out into the world and ‘do stuff’, though as a blogger I’m usually doomed to spend my time on the internet writing articles on how it makes me want to ‘do stuff’ instead. :/

    I’d actually hate my life to be Kokoro Connect, unless we’re talking about how the show ends. I can’t stand the thought of suddenly jumping into someone else’s body – what if I’m at the best bit of an episode? xD

    Thanks again for the kind words. ^_^

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    • Not a problem at all! And that’s quite the relatable dilemma. I write about going out and doing stuff, but then I usually don’t. I guess we are doomed, but we give it our best shot, right? I wouldn’t change your bias – that’s what catches my eye most! Whether it’s agreeable or disagreeable, the key is noticing other peoples’ thoughts, emotions, and reactions to the material. I feel that as a reviewer, I cannot review a series unless I know all sides of the argument.
      For Kokoro Connect, I think what Keatle and I were trying to get at was being in a cultural club with a few friends. The body swapping could be one of a guy’s best dreams or worst realities! I don’t know if it’s worth the risk, though!

      And of course you’re welcome. I can’t wait to conversing with you more! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Forgot to say, thanks as well for pointing out that you can nominate any number of bloggers for the award – I’d seen most people only nominate a few and thought there was some kind of guidance on how many you chose. I’ve fixed it in my award post as well.

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  5. Hello there, Takuto!

    Congratulations on the award. You deserve it. Your blog is indeed “real neat”. Keep it up.

    And also thank you for nominating my blog, Fujinsei, for this award as well. Unfortunately, I don’t receive this award but rest assured that I appreciate the nomination.

    Anyway, I wish you more power. Keep on watching anime & blogging about it. Cheers!

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    • Wait, what do you mean you don’t receive it? From what I’ve learned with WordPress awards, when you are nominated you do technically win the award. I didn’t understand it at first, but when you’re nominated, you win the award! Were you not aware?


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