I’ve Finally Been Recognized as Lovely! (One Lovely Blog Award)

Hey guys,

THE NOMMIES RETURN upupuPUPUPU! It’s been so long since I’ve been awarded one of these—it’s my first “Lovely Blog Award,” in fact! I also just happened to find a 20-min pocket of time, so why the heck not. This’ll be short, and you might learn a thing or two about me here in the next minute, so that’s cool. Special thanks to Mel (Mel In Anime Land) who happened to grace me with this nomination a couple weeks back. (I told you I’d get to it!) Check her out!

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Ok, ok, here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
  • Add the One Lovely Blog Award to your post
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Pass this on to as many people as you like (max 15)
  • Include this set of rules
  • Inform your nominees

And sorry, I won’t be nominating anyone because let’s face it: I can hardly keep up with everything as-is, plus this thing has likely made its rounds by now, haha. If you follow me or are just stopping by, go ahead and take this one on—I’m awarding anyone who feels willing to share more about themselves, for if you are reading this, you likely have good taste (and a lovely blog for sure, hehe :P).

Alright, let’s go!!

1. I was high school Homecoming Royalty

The king, in fact, hehehe! Why bring up high school now though (I mean, wasn’t it “the worst time of everyone’s life)? Well, my high school years weren’t half bad, my senior year being the saving grace. I also mention it now because, just a week ago, I got to hand off the crown to my sister, who is now the ruling queen—isn’t that kinda neat?! [insert “My Little Sister Can’t Be Royalty Just Like Me?!” light novel series here] Makes me wonder where she got it from, certainly not me, right? Ahaha, I kid, but seriously, it was tons of fun. To my class, who I know will never read this but regardless, thank you for all the laughs and the memories—it was an honor serving as your king over the past year~!

Would you have ever guessed it? Now you can can say you are friends with royalty 😀

2. I’m a night owl

Like Mel, I get most of my work done once the moon comes out. This can be a real inconvenience considering how, well, most people play by the sun, but somehow I make it through . . . by staying up late, waking up early, and feeling exhausted 24/7.

3. I LOVE granola bars

No, it’s like, really, really bad. Breakfast, lunch, snack, repeat. I am OBSESSED. I also like all kinds, simple chocolate chip or some kind of yogurt ones being my favorites. In fact, I hate nuts, but eating granola bars with nuts has given me a slight appreciation for them. Guess there are pros and cons to every addiction.

4. I LIVE for mystery stories and survival games

This is probably why anime like Gosick, Hyouka, Future Diary, Another, Higurashi, Fate/Zero, and, holy god, Danganronpa, my most recent obsession (besides the granola bars). I’ve traversed the entire franchise, watching the first anime many years ago, a Let’s Play of the second game last summer, and more Let’s Plays/video summaries of the other entries just these past couple weeks. I’m still searching for SOMETHING to fill the Danganronpa 3 void, so if you’ve got any recommendations, now’s the time to share . . .

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5. I’ve done music all my life and honestly, it’s meh

Sad but true. I’ve dedicated at least 4/5 of my life to something that . . . well, I’m not sure why I’m still involved with anymore. I play the cello (in a symphony, a quartet, and a small trio), and I can’t help but wish, everyday, that I was doing something else: painting, drawing, reading, writing—anything! The only reason I’ve stuck with it is because of the pushy music staff here. If they weren’t so clingy and even rude sometimes, I would have wanted to stick around. But crappy people are everywhere, so for once, I don’t even know what the moral of this story is supposed to be. Call it wasted potential or a future regret like all the others, but I don’t think that’ll stop me from retiring. When I’M ready, I’ll start up again on my own time. Like, “Can I please just move on with my life?”

6. I’m trying to get into light novels more

From the little research I’ve done, Japanese light novels are designed to be affordable, dispensable, and easily digestible written works, either as standalone novels or for a much larger series. They are relatively easy to publish, and that’s awesome for budding authors. What I don’t like is that many, especially now (like all media), rely heavily on the infamous “light novel tropes” to sell copies and hook readers, and while on paper it’s like “whatever,” many animation studios as of late have decided to spend all of their time and manpower on adapting these often times cliche, poorly written books. That said, I want to get into light novels more (which is why on Twitter I asked for suggestions). I want to understand them better, and maybe see if I can, sometime down the line, craft my own.

7. I am a collector, not a renter

That’s right, I don’t go to the library, nor do I occasionally stream shows. Instead, if I can score big sales and [blind] buy a ton of crap I know I won’t get to for 7 years, I’m gonna do it!! It’s actually gotten really bad, haha, so much so that I went on a no-buy (that didn’t last) and realized that “OMG, if I actually watch and read the stuff I actually have, it wouldn’t just have to sit there!” A novel idea, I know. If it’s any consolation, I do buy my stuff at THE BEST price one could ever find it at, so I do know a good deal when I see one. Unfortunately, if I avoided shopping during sales, then that would save money, too.

But enough of that smart thinking stuff. Time to go blow $80 on Sentai DVDs of shows that I wouldn’t buy otherwise unless they were $10 a piece. 😛


That wraps up this award. Did you learn anything interesting about me? Did you sympathize with my problems or just find me to be a big whiner? Either way, I’m curious! Again, if you want an excuse to talk about yourself, I nominate YOU to do so! Just let me know if you did so I can read it and share it. Again, big shout-out and thank-you to Mel for the nomination—it was fun! ‘Till next time guys!

– Takuto, your host

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22 thoughts on “I’ve Finally Been Recognized as Lovely! (One Lovely Blog Award)

    • Yes! I did!!
      And funny that you mention it: I never planned to read the spinoff. It was about Guren, and no offense, but that guy’s too much of an ass to me, haha! Then just yesterday I watched a review, and that really convinced me to check it out, especially given that I want to read more light novels. Have you read it? Thoughts?

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      • I read the two of 1st volume and I’m half way in the 3rd. I just love it the amount of information given in it regarding Mahiru is really interesting and you will see Guren under a new light. It will help you to understand why he is the way he is in the manga/Anime.

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      • Welp, I just purchased it (>.<) so hopefully it's worth the buy! No matter how far or deep I get into Seraph of the End, Mahiru seems to be at the root of it all and I just don't understand why. If these LNs enlighten me on her character, as you say, then I'm even more eager to read! As for Guren, meh, I'm sure I'll appreciate him more in due time.

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      • No understand a bit more what is going on, you really need to read the manga and the light novel. I know there is another LN called “Seraph of the End: Story of Vampire Michaela”. OnS univers is more complicated than it look.
        Mahiru is part of the problem, but I also feel she is one of the key. I don’t know how far you are in the manga so I don’t want to spoil you. As for Guren, since I know is goal…I can’t really hate him…. I understand what he want to do, I’m just not sure it will work.

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  1. Yeah, light novels especially have been overtaken by the isekai bug, and in turn, a lot of anime is those another world stories, and then it just feels tiring.
    The Devil is a Part-Timer is one I like since it’s at least it’s kind of reverse over the usual plotlines.
    Otherwise, yes, I learned some neat facts about you! I wish I was musically talented. Hope you can get back to it when you’re good and ready.

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    • Given that I loved the anime, I definitely want to check out the light novels for more of that story. Glad you also like Devil is a Part-Timer! I think I recall us talking about the series together sometime…?
      Having certain skills can be restrictive just as much as it is an opportunity-opener. Guess that’s the universe’s way of balancing everything out. Deep down, I also really want to enjoy it again, so when I do play again, hopefully I’ll be free of my previous frustrations. Time doesn’t heal everything, but I think it might do me some good.

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  2. Hail to the king! I wish I was a night owl, then I would get more blogging done. Usually I am most productive first thing in the morning and get more sluggish as the day goes by.

    Your majesty, if you like anime mystery shows I would recommend The Perfect Insider.

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    • Huzzah! Ahahaha! I used to be the biggest morning person, but it seems that the night wants another pawn to toy with. Now I’m sluggish all the time.

      I distinctly remember The Perfect Insider airing and people’s lack of interest for it. Now, I don’t like to let the popular flow dictate what I watch, so if you recommend it, then I’ll definitely give it a shot! Thank you, kind sir!

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  4. It sounds like we have some common tastes – I love the Danganronpa series, Gosick, Future Diary, and the Fate series! I’m also a big time collector, though mostly of stuff in video games. I’m so neurotic, I just can’t help myself!

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