Second Time Around (Sunshine Award)

Hey everyone, I’m back!

I have been nominated again by LitaKino and Chibi Majo for the Sunshine Award, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart as great bloggers and as even greater people. But more so, seeing the comments from my update and reading these nominations have made me realize something: I have friends, and I am thankful for that now more than ever.

When I started, I had one or two customers walk in, but then wonder back out only to be unsatisfied with my material. Now, however, all you guys waltz in, check out my reviews and other posts, and even chat with me a bit. I’m a small blog, and I know that this is a small (but surely growing) aniblogger community, but in the short time I’ve been here, I’ve realized that there’s a lot of heart behind each and every one of you – more than what our words in our posts can say!

So once again (sorry for the sappy speech), I extend my thanks to LitaKino and Chibi Majo for nominating me, but also for reminding me as to why I blog. Now, let’s laugh together and answer these questions, shall we!?

Since I’ve already nominated several others in my first post, and because I’m incredibly lazy, I’m just going to relax and answer the questions, sound good?

From LitaKino:

  1. What have you found blogging has bought to you?

FRIENDS! My writing has improved and I notice all of the minuscule details in anime, sure, but nothing beats good company! I have also begun to analyze works more efficiently instead of just tossing out praise like Halloween candy: credit is given where credit is deserved.

  1. What was your favorite childhood show growing up

Growing up, I watched Pokemon, Sailor Moon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Beyblade, but my favorite would have to go to Bakugan just because of how flawed, cheesy, yet influential it has been. My siblings and I used to hold tournaments and get-togethers for the game, and we still make gag jokes about it today! It’s an obscure show that aired in like what, 2006 or something? I can’t even remember, but it was the highlight of my elementary school days.

  1. Ramen or Sushi?

While I admire the unique, higher-quality tastes that come from sushi, ramen is cheap, and I eat it like every other day, so ramen! :3

  1. What is the most typical anime genre you end up watching a lot?

Ho oh, a good question! Typically I end up watching shows with a little more scientific thinking behind them. It’s not really its own genre, so-to-speak, but more of a subcategory. They are shows that either A) explain themselves with science or fact of the land or B) sound “sciency” enough. With its very broad and vague listings, shows IMO include: Railgun, Evangelion, Steins;Gate (Science Adventures Series), Psycho-Pass, No.6, Guilty Crown and many more.

  1. What anime character do you feel you relate to a lot?

Mikoto Misaka – a very talented girl who happens to have the whole world depend on her during very tough, complex situations. She’s gifted in her abilities, being one of seven Level 5 Espers in existence, but she doesn’t want that; Misaka just wants to escape the harsh reality she has created and venture off with her friends, wherever that leads them.

I also have to point out Shu Ouma, an ill-fated boy who has to deal with a lot of crap despite being a major introvert. Forced to make friends, take lives, and lead the rebellion to the world’s end, he lives through hell, kinda like my life (but on a much smaller scale, obviously). Similarly, he’s shy, clumsy, but caring nonetheless.

  1. What ending of an anime would you change if you had the chance too?

Oh my, another great question! I would love to change the ending to Sword Art Online Season One, and particularly the second arc because of all the hate it gets. SAO is great, but because of that darned second half, everyone loves to bash the whole franchise. I would have sought a more tragic ending (where either Asuna or more likely Kirito dies), though maybe not the correct one. For a show of its caliber – go out with a terrifying bang, not with sprinkles of fairy dust. Geez!

  1. What do you love to see in a blog?

While I seek impressive reviews and in-depth conversation, I really love seeing personality and happiness of the blogger shine through for a brief moment, the flash away. Though I don’t think he’s a blogger, GRArkada of Glass Reflection anime reviews on YouTube is my prime example. His posts/videos are extremely well-written and thought out, and he thinks of his own personal enjoyment while reviewing, but doesn’t anyone want to know more about him? I do, be it a haul video, more vlogs, personal anime life, heck, even a room tour – I don’t care! I just love seeing the bits of one’s personality briefly sprinkled throughout writing. It’s also easier to read that way!

That’s all for LitaKino, now for Chibi Majo’s questions:

  1. What got you interested in the things you blog about?

Well let’s see, I blog about anime and anime reviews, so what got me into reviewing? Watching YouTube reviews was a major influence, but wanting my own voice out there regarding anime was the strongest push. I wanted to finally join the crowd and even go against it at times – it’s much better than standing on the sidelines, trust me!

  1. Favorite food?

I believe I’ve answered this question sometime way back when, but currently, it’s rice! It goes well with about anything and I know how to make it so, what the hay – rice for nearly every meal! I also love fruit like watermelon, pineapple, and grapes, but I’m not a big meat eater, so you won’t find me at a restaurant with a juicy steak in front of me. Sawry >.<

  1. What are your hobbies outside of blogging?

I’ve recently taken up composing music, and that’s been a blast. I play the cello and I can accompany people on the guitar, too. I used to draw when I was younger, and so just two days ago I purchased a sketch pad so I can get back to it. Hopefully I’m better than I remember (eek!). I enjoy online shopping for anime merch/DVDs that I know I’ll never buy, as well as watching unboxing videos. For some weird reason, they are super relaxing!

  1. Random fact about you?

I’ve never been on a plane nor a boat, so I hope to go on at least one of them this summer, fingers crossed.

  1. Favorite animal?

This and favorite color are like the two most popular questions, but I have never had a favorite animal. I mean, I guess I like cats (booo), frogs and birds (pretty vague) . . . ?

  1. Ice cream or cake?

Cake OMG! Fun fact, the only reason I go to weddings is pretty much for the cake! SOOOO delicious, exquisite, and beautiful.

  1. What got you into anime?

I’m actually going to write a Cafe Talk about this question. Let’s just say it was a combined effort of Ghibli, Ranma 1/2, Pokemon, Symphonia, and . . . hentai??? Stay tuned.

I hope you enjoyed my answers and parts of my anime/life story! I once again extend my thanks to LitaKino and Chibi Majo for the nommie and the fun questions :). I also say hello and welcome to a new follower recently. Until next time, this has been

– Takuto, your host

Ray of Sunshine! (Sunshine Award)

Just yesterday morning I woke up to a normal, hot summer day, that is, until I found out that I’ve been nominated again, but this time, for the Sunshine Award!! I can’t say anything else, however, until I extend my thanks to Shiroyuni over at “thelimitlessimagination.” She’s not only a great blogger friend but she writes very, very interesting posts, so please check out “thelimitlessimagination” if you haven’t already!

Paraphrased from Shiroyuni herself, the Sunshine Blog Award is given to those who exhibit positive attitude and “creatively influence” other bloggers. To the questions!

  1. Do you think you’ll ever stop blogging? If yes, why and if no, why not?

Ooh, this is a hard one to answer, considering that I do not know what the future holds in store for me. While I can’t give a straight answer, I can confirm that I’m not going anywhere for the time being. In fact, it’s summer – I should be blogging more!

  1. How do you juggle between real life and blogging commitments?

I don’t, haha. I’ve always lived by “work first, play later,” so that’s what I do. I’m not sure if I would call that juggling real life or squeezing in whatever free time I can for blogging, well, that and anime >.< I won’t lie, it’s a pretty hard task, and that’s why these awards are such a good idea – let peoples’ work get noticed and the appreciation they deserve! Go anibloggers!!

  1. Do you let people you know in real life read your blog? If yes, why and if no, why not?

My blog is one of my most heavily guarded secrets known only to those dwelling on the interwebs, haha! Even though it will probably never happen, I want one of my friends to be on the web, find my blog and go, “Woah, this is pretty neat,” cause then I could say, “Hah, I am Takuto, and welcome to my cafe!” (*sigh* I’ll probably just tell them in a couple months or something)

  1. What anime / manga / movie / TV series character do you resemble the most, in terms of personality?

This right here was easily the hardest question. I want to say Oreki from Hyouka, as I’ve heard about his personality, but I’ve never watched the anime so I can’t confirm that 😦 If I had to pick, though, I’d go with Mikoto Misaka from A Certain Scientific Railgun. Even though she’s a girl, we both have this facade of being high class and pretentious when we’re actually down to Earth and relatable. Misaka is unyielding to challenges and always performs tasks with such unwavering dignity. She’s kind, a bit selfish at times, but is always looking out for others. We also both have secret hobbies (fu fu fu :3)

  1. What is the biggest concern you have right now?

My biggest concern right now is my future career. I don’t really know what I want to do yet, and I’m crunching down on time. Yeesh, scary! I need to get a job . . .

  1. Name one virtue/value that you think is extremely important and why.

To me, honoring integrity is incredibly important. I was once told that if someone was to describe another with only one word, “integrity” was the best thing they could say. It’s one of the heaviest values and it encompasses other virtues like honesty and uprightness/dignity. Truly an honorable value!

And now for a few people whom I nominate, as they are all great, positive influences in the anime blogging community:

Shay-shay’s Anime Blognot only super nice, but she posts great questions where she always responds, we have great conversations

ZeAnimethey haven’t posted in a while, but the content that’s there is amazing, pleasant to talk to as well

LitaKino Anime Reviewsliterally the funniest aniblogger that I know, a ray of positivity who also has a YouTube account you should check out

The Huge Anime Fan (Cassandra)a great blogger friend who enjoys writing about the anime in season as well as being extremely fun to talk to

The Otaku Judgethe definitive place to find constructive criticism on anime/games, very supportive of other anibloggers and myself as well

Let’s Talk Anime (tcondon1)another blogger buddy who always answers my dorky questions (go ask some yourself) 🙂 , I appreciate all of the replies and everything that they post

Rocco’s Anime Journala long-standing blogger friend if I do say so myself, posts in-depth episode-by-episode reviews as well as supports my own blog with anime-related knowledge

***If you’ve already been nominated and you’re on the list, no problem, just comment below with a link to your Sunshine Award Nomination post because I want to read it! If there is a question here that you feel the need to answer, feel free – comment away! 🙂 Thanks and Congrats ~

Questions for my nominees (again, you can simply comment below with an answer to one if you have already been nominated):

  1. Do you prefer anime films or series?
  2. Why do you write on your blog?
  3. Gun fights or sword showdowns?
  4. What was the last anime character that you related deeply to, if any?
  5. What’s your opinion on this spring anime season – simulcasts?
  6. I liked Shiroyuni’s question so here’s “ How do you juggle between real life and blogging commitments?”
  7. At this exact moment, what anime and episode are you on/watching, if any?

Official Rules of the Sunshine Award:

If you have been nominated for The Sunshine Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Sunshine award in which you:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate a few other bloggers.
  • Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you nominated.
  • Notify the bloggers on their blog.
  • Put the award button on your blog.

Ahh, such a long post to write, so many interesting blogs! Each of you write such positive things that honestly, everyone deserves the Sunshine award! I had tons of fun writing this and answering Shiroyuni’s questions – thanks again for the nomination! Can’t wait to read your responses and until next time, this has been

– Takuto, your host