AceRailgun started this whole trend of answering a list of fifty questions last week, and I figured I might as well jump on the train. Hopefully this will tell my readers a bit more about myself. Marina seems to have the most complete list of other participants in this question answering. Here we go:
Questions about Anime
1. Who is your favorite male anime character?
Volken from Book of Bantorra. I love how he just goes and does what’s right, consequences be damned. The runner-ups would include Rail Tracer from Baccano, Fakir from Princess Tutu, and Satou from Welcome to the NHK. Oh, and that psychologist from Ghost Hound is great too.
2. Who is your favorite female character?
This one’s a bit harder. I’ll go with Ogiue from Genshiken, but Yuuko Amasawa from Dennou Coil, Ringo Oginome from Penguindrum, Chiba Saori from Hourou Musuko, and the entire cast of Simoun are close on her heels. And I do have soft spots for Hinagiku from Hayate no Gotoku and Yakumo from School Rumble.
3. What is your favorite anime soundtrack?
4. What is your favorite anime opening + animation?
The Narutaru OP. Most hilarious thing ever, and great music too. The runner ups would be Oh! Edo Rocket, Penguindrum and Nichijou. I tend to fast forward through the OPs and EDs unless I like them (meaning, they are not J-pop) so the songs I will actually listen to are a selective bunch. I will occasionally listen to a J-pop one though, for example, recently I liked the soundtrack for Ao no Exorcist.
5. What is your favorite anime ending song + animation?
Again, the ending songs for Oh! Edo Rocket are some of my favorites. This reminds me, I wrote a post on this for another site… you may hear more about this at some point. Runner ups include Penguindrum once again and also the hilarious Detroit Metal City ED.
6. What is your favorite anime scene?
Very tough question. I’m going to go with the scene from Gunparade March where Hayami rescues Mai by knocking her unconscious, dragging her through the snow and chanting a children’s story to himself through a horde of monsters. So awesome.
Some of my other favorite scenes include when Dominique peeked inside the Simoun, Rail Tracer’s rooftop confession in Baccano, and Anemone’s midair embrace in Eureka Seven.
7. If you could meet an anime character who would it be?
I would like to meet Ouma Shuu from Guilty Crown so I could punch him in the face.
8. What anime character is most similar to you in terms of personality?
From what comes to mind at the moment, I’d go with Shinpachi from Oh! Edo Rocket. Yes, I am a nerd.
9. What is your favorite thing about anime?
My favorite thing compared to western TV is that it has a story that actually ends. In America series just seem to go on forever and ever… In anime, they tell the story and then stop, which is nice. I also think the fact that it’s animated rather than live action allows anime to be much more imaginative. How could you do all this live action sci-fi and steampunk? You’d either have to have a shitload of money or it would suck.
10. What is your least favorite thing about anime?
Stupid Japanese fetishes. I am not interested in maid outfits, school swimsuits, or tentacles. Or the ten millionth culture festival or beach episode.
Also many anime tend to focus on some fairly stupid themes. Half of all anime have someone go through an identity crisis and it’s solved by having the sponge (male lead) say “You’re you, you!” If only life were that simple. There’s also the fact that ninety percent of anime involving gods have the gods be manmade constructions. Someone discovers this, cue dramatic music… “You could call it… God.” This would be kind of interesting if they didn’t do it in every single series.
A third thing: boobs. Breasts should be smaller than heads. They say bigger is better, but there’s a limit which anime has long since passed.
11. Who is your favorite anime couple?
Ogiue and Sasahara from Genshiken. You can check out the runner ups here. That list needs to be updated with Shouma and Ringo from Penguindrum.
12. Who is your favorite anime animal?
Densuke from Dennou Coil, of course. No other animal comes close.
13. What anime would make a good game?
Banner of the Stars would make a good Total War game… IN SPACE! I think an SMT style spinoff in the universe of Shadow Star Narutaru would be fucking awesome. I’d also like to see tactical RPGs a la Fire Emblem / Front Mission in the universe of Break Blade.
14. What game would make a good anime?
Fate / Stay Night, SAKURA’S ROUTE. PLEASE. After playing the game, this arc put the rest of the series to shame. Also Tsukihime dark side would be nice. I’d like more anime based on SMT, but not the Persona kind. Persona is the lamest SMT subseries in my opinion. Lunar would make a good OVA, and a full adaptation and partial reimagining of Xenogears would be amazing.
15. What was the first anime you ever watched?
Spirited Away, which I watched in my English class. I was blown away. Two years later I had watched pretty much all the Miyazaki movies (plus Whisper of the Heart). I got into watching television anime through Code Geass. I watched it with a few friends, one of whom loved to hate it and always called it Code Gayass. Those were some truly enlightened conversations, as you may well imagine. I guess he is the one who got me into talking about anime, which eventually led me to start a blog.
16. Do you think you’ll ever stop watching anime?
Well, at some point I’ll be dead. I’ll probably stop at that point.
17. What is your favorite genre of anime?
I like anime spanning a bunch of different genres, but my favorites are probably Sci-fi / fantasy (bonus points for steampunk) and comedy.
18. What is your least favorite genre of anime?
I can’t stand shounen fighting shows or shoujo romances. Oh and yaoi.
19. Are you open about watching anime with people you know?
Depends on who. I don’t exactly advertise the fact I watch anime, but most of my friends know. I have a few good friends I often watch it with, but most people I tell I like anime say “oh, me too” and then I have to listen to them talk about how either Naruto or FMA (the original) is the greatest anime ever made. They have never heard of anything I like it and tell me I have terrible taste and don’t know anything about good anime. Then I try to get them to watch DMC or Penguindrum and they say the shows are messed up. Although I did have one friend who hated both DMC and Penguindrum and loved Yuruyuri, so… I’ll count that as a success.
20. Have you ever been to Japan?
Well, I passed through the Tokyo airport a few times on the way to Singapore and Taiwan, if you want to count that… I have a couple friends there and in China, and I’m planning to make a trip to visit them at the end of the year.
21. What anime was the biggest let down for you?
There have been so many let-downs that it’s hard to say. Perhaps a combination of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo. From what I heard, these were the greatest anime ever made. I didn’t particularly like either.
22. What anime was better than expected?
Hm… I’ll go with Kannazuki no Miko. The first six episodes make the list of the most godawful series I’ve ever watched, but the ending was fantastic.
In terms of my expectations before I even started watching the series, I’ll go with MILKY HOLMES. I thought it was going to be some kiddy show about cute girls playing detective. Boy was I wrong. It ended up as one of my favorite comedies.
23. What is the best anime fight scene?
I’m not too big on fight scenes. I guess I’d pick something from Hellsing Ultimate or Break Blade. Or anything involving the Fuhrer in FMA Brotherhood.
24. Who is your anime waifu?
Um… if I had to pick, I guess Yakumo from School Rumble or Hinagiku from Hayate? Although recently I had an affair with that Diet lady from UN-GO. And Izumi from Another. And before that I cheated on them for Eclair from Dog Days and Ringo from Penguindrum. Yeah, I don’t really do the whole “waifu” thing.
25. What was your favorite video game as a child?
Super Mario World. Best game ever made. I also had a lot of fun with Super Smash Bros. and Tribes 2.
Questions about me
26. Most Embarrassing moment?
Hmm… This embarrassed me at the time, but it’s pretty benign thinking back on it. I had this teacher who was a moron. To introduce ourselves to the class, we were supposed to draw a picture of something that reminds us of ourselves and show it to the class. I drew a picture of a tree. Other people drew flowers, cars, pencils, refrigerators… I don’t remember. It was dumb. But we get to me and I say my name, and that I remind myself of a tree. For everyone else they sat down at this point and it went to the next person. But the teacher decides to ask me, “So why do you remind yourself of a tree?”
“Umm… I like trees.” My one friend still makes fun of me for this to this day. Although looking back on it this wasn’t all that bad. I’ve probably done more embarrassing things which I’ve forgotten.
27a. Can you drive?
27b. Do you own a car?
No. I can walk / ride a bus where I live and am too lazy to take care of a car.
28. Are you mature?
I think so. Although sometimes I wish I weren’t.
29. What year were you born?
1988. The year when all the cool people were born. Just in time to win the Cold War.
30. Do you prefer cats or dogs?
Cats. Although I would want neither. I used to have pet gerbils though. And fish, until my mom murdered them by washing their tank with soap.
31. Describe yourself physically.
Hi—mi—tsu~~~ I will say I’m kind of tall and wear glasses. A professor once told me I “have the mad scientist look.” Ethnically, I’m half Jewish, a quarter German, an eighth Danish, and I forget what the other eighth is.
32. What would you name your first child?
33. What is the worst injury you have ever had?
I’ve been lucky enough to not have any major injuries.
34. What is your worse habit?
Probably being lazy.
35. Do you drink or smoke?
No, smoking just completely grosses me out… why would you breathe smoke?… and alcohol just smells gross. I actually don’t drink anything but water.
36. Do you have a tattoo?
37. Are you a morning person or a night person?
I used to be a morning person, would wake up at 5:30 or 6:00 every morning. When I went to college I discovered that this type of schedule would mean I had no social life, since everything happens from 10 PM to 3 AM. So I followed the trend.
38. Have you ever slept past midday
Rarely, but occasionally in college. I had this jackass for a roommate who would go to sleep at 6 AM and refused to turn the light off, so I had some trouble sleeping my first year of college.
39. Do you regret anything?
No. Regrets are for people who make mistakes.
40. Can you count the number of friends you have on one hand?
41. Do you wear glasses?
Yes, all the time. I’m farsighted. Could not get contacts because I’m deathly afraid of objects entering my eye. They tried to do that thing where they poke your eye with the blue light at the eye doctor’s to me ten years ago but I had a panic attack and nearly fainted. I’m fine with the dentist though.
42. Are you a picky eater?
I used to be, but not so much anymore. There are a few things I absolutely cannot stand though: soda, melted cheese (like when it’s gooey, such as on pizza, I take the cheese off, but liquid, e.g. mac and cheese, or solid is fine), and baked beans.
43. Would you die for someone?
Not if I could help it.
44. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
It would be cool if I could teleport and / or fly.
45. Do you believe in the supernatural?
I don’t believe in it, but I know it’s true.
46. Would you rather be rich or famous?
I guess rich, unless I could specify what I was famous for…
47. Have you ever committed a crime.
Sure. Not anything serious though. Never, I am an upright citizen in good standing. cc FBI
48. Time Traveler or ghost?
Time traveler, of course! Is this even a contest? Why would anyone want to be a ghost? That means you’re dead.
49. Does someone have a crush on you?
Not that I know of.
50. Are you in a relationship?
Feel free to make fun of me in the comments now that I have bared my soul to you.