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I’ve Been Nominated for an Award?!

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It would appear I have been nominated for an award…a blogging award that is. I am nonetheless grateful to have been tagged by the amazingly wonderful Moya of The Moyatorium for the Liebster Award. It has been a while since I have done one of these, but I sometimes like answering oddly specific questions about myself. So, the Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Answer 11 questions given to yoby the blogger.
  3. Nominate 11 more bloggers.
  4. Ask your nominees 11 questions too.
  5. Notify the selected nominees you chose after uploading your post, like commenting on their post.

Moya has provided such a list of oddly specific questions, and so I will try my best at the end to do the same. With that being said, here they are:

1. What is your best tip for a good night’s sleep

I’ll start by saying that (obviously) I am not a sleep expert, so I can only speak from experience. Usually, the best nights of sleep I get are after a long day of either work or studying, and going to bed immediately without scrolling social media or looking at my phone at all. Lots of devices emit a certain kind of light which can reduce melatonin, the thing that helps regulate sleep. So yeah, at the risk of sounding like a boomer, get off your phone.

2. if you get to own three plants that magically never have to be watered and always thrive on their own, which three plants would you choose?

The answer to this question probably depends on my living situation tbh, but right now I would probably say Rose, Hydrangea, and Daffodil since they all look very nice.

3. What’s your opinion on the true crime genre

I don’t really have anything against it, it is just not for me. Personally, if I am going to listen to a podcast I would rather it be something a bit more immediately entertaining like 2-4 people just talking about random stuff and making jokes or something more politically informative.

4. if you had to doodle a sun, how many rays would you typically give it?


5. Do you like chocolates with caramel inside (why would anyone like those)?

eh, If they are the only thing around and I am craving something sweet they will do the job, but generally not the first thing I go to. I would rather eat ice cream of some kind or a Mound bar if we are talking chocolate still.

6. Do you like Blueberries?

I suppose so, rarely if ever eat them though outside of being baked into a muffin.

7. What Diet Trend can you never imagine yourself trying?

Keto, without a doubt. Had a lot of IRL friends and coworkers try it and they almost never looked happy.

8. What’s the worst nickname you’ve heard someone call their significant other?

I do not think I have a good answer for this. I use to think people calling each other Bae was kind of cringe, but then I grew up and stopped caring.

9. Tie or Bowtie

Ideally neither, since I think most of them look tacky. If I am picking one though, probably Tie.

10. Are you a good liar?

oh yeah, totally, pffttt…*yawns literally every time I lie*

11. What Kind of cake should I bake for your birthday?

tbh, idk how inconvenient it would be to ship a cake to the States, but I do really like a good coconut cake every once in a while.

Thanks again Moya for the tag and the questions. I did a number of these in the past, and the people I would typically tag are probably busy, so I’ll try tagging some bloggers I’ve found in the last year or so. If they are so inclined, they can use this to introduce/reintroduce themselves, but obviously, it’s no big deal if they don’t feel like it.


The Questions

  1. Worst airport/taxi experience?
  2. Weirdest encounter with a stranger?
  3. Hardest test you’ve ever taken?
  4. Is water wet?
  5. Highest number of sodas you’ve mixed together and drunk?
  6. What day-to-day task would you consider relaxing?
  7. You are making a list of your 10 favorite anime. What show gets close, but doesn’t make the cut?
  8. What is manga/comic series you would not like to see adapted into movie/television?
  9. How many pieces of media would you say have significantly altered the trajectory of your life?
  10. If you could pick any job, but you had to give up retirement before 75 no matter what, would you pick a new job?
  11. Where do you see yourself next month?

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May 2021 Jon’s Creator Showcase #TheJCS

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and an extra special welcome to everyone who helped make this month’s #TheJCS a success. I was initially a bit worried that, because I had never hosted before that regular submitters to the event might not know thus we would have a depressed turnout. However, this does not appear to be the case, as the event this month still had a wide variety of unique and interesting submissions.

If you are popping in for the first time and are unaware what exactly #TheJCS is, I would encourage you to read the announcement post I did earlier this month, which has an in depth explanation. However, in summary, Jon’s Creator Showcase, or #TheJCS as it is more commonly referred to, is an even in which people submit blog posts, YouTube Videos, Podcasts, etc and aims to celebrate the creative endeavors of those who submit.

So, without further adu, here are this months submitted posts.

Anime: A Variation on the Faust Theme – Fred Heiser/Au Natural

Given how much anime there is in existence now, and how much comes out even on a seasonal basis, it can be pretty easy to forget that which is a bit passed our time. In this post, Fred Heiser of Au Natural looks at the anime film “Belladonna of Sadness,” which came in 1973 and was directed by Eiichi Yamamoto. As Heiser explains in his post, this was not exactly a film for a general audience, ending up a commercial flop. However, hidden behind that deceiving fact is a film that will, quite frankly, have you tripping balls. “Belladonna of Sadness” tells a Faustian tale about a young woman who tries to marry a young farm hand. However, the local lord isn’t to happy about this. Lets just say this movie has love, sex, revenge, devils, and some…strange animation. Heiser’s post does a much better job giving the Juicy dets, so go check it out.

Log Horizon: Three Meals and a Nap – Scott/Mechanical Anime Reviews

Despite having not yet seen season three, I consider “Log Horizon” to be one of my favorite series of all time. The adventuring, the world building, the politics: all of it comes together in a way that is engaging on multiple levels. Princess Raynesia is a character I honestly have never thought too highly of. However, Scott’s post provides a great argument for why she is not only more relatable to the general audience, but arguably goes through more of a struggle over the course of the series. Go watch “Log Horizon” and go read this post as well.


Top 20 Best Vampire Anime of All Time – YumDeku/MyAnimeGo

I’ll admit that the vampire subgenre is not one I have payed to much attention to when it comes to anime, or any medium for that matter. However, YumDeku has compiled an interesting list to say the least. The rankings themselves are not something I feel comfortable commenting on too heavily, again, because I have yet to see most of these shows. However, As someone who has seen both “Blood+” and “Hellsing,” I appreciate their inclusion on this list. If vampires in anime are something that takes your interest, definitely give this a read.

Rating All the #AniTwitWatches Anime – Aria(MagicConan)/The Animanga Spellbook

If you are not familiar, #Anitwitwatches is another even hosted by the wonderful Jon Spencer, who is the original creator of this event, in which people follow a chosen anime on a weekly basis and post their thoughts on twitter dot com. The event has been going on for quite a while, and thus their are a lot of anime that the #Anitwitwatches group has covered. At least as far as the shows I have also seen, it seems as though Aria does a great job of critiquing the shows’ various strengths and weaknesses. For those who have yet to participate in #Anitwitwatches, definitely consider checking it out, and give Aria’s post a read as well.

Houkago Tea Time’s Real Life Visit to London, England: An Oculus-Powered Armchair Journey of K-On! The Movie – Infinite Zenith/The Infinite Zenith

It is a well known fact that many backgrounds in anime are based on real life places found around Japan. However, as Infinite Zenith explains in this post, that dedication to accuracy extends even to productions set outside of Japan. In the K-On movie, the light music club girls take a sporadic graduation trip to London. Using the historical accuracy of Google Maps and the Oculus Quest, Zenith takes a journey down memory lane, exploring the real life set pieces that became the inspiration for the girls’ English adventure. Posts like these are always interesting to me because, while the backgrounds may not be “original,” it does show a dedication to accuracy that is really inspiring. Putting this together was probably not all that easy, even with the available technology, so please go show this post some love.

Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel III. Spring Song Anime Film Review – Yu Alexis/Yu Alexis

If there is a franchise that I am arguably most excited to continue explore during this year, it is the “Fate/” series, without question. “Fate/Zero” was a time and a half, and Unlimited Blade Works genuinely had my heart racing at some points. As Yu Alexis points out in her post, a lot of this is thanks to UFOtable, who has done absolute wonders for the franchise as a whole. One of the only “Fate/” related media I have yet to see, however, are the Sakura focused trilogy series. Now, do not get me wrong, I was always planning on seeing them once the third film had been released. However, Yu Alexis’ post has made me want to speed that process along, as it feels like they really get at the heart of what makes the movie good. A fantastic review, to be sure.

Wonder Egg Priority: Scrambled Ambition – Dewbond/Shallow Dives in Anime

As my own review of the series can attest, “Wonder Egg Priority” is a complicated show, to say the least. On the one hand, its tackling of these darker themes of anxiety, depression, and suicide in younger girls is incredibly admirable. Even after the show’s finale, I still think it is one of the selling points of the series. However, as Dewbond rightly points out, ideas are only ever going to get a series so far. A good show has to stand on the merit of its execution, and unfortunately “Wonder Egg Priority’s” legs here are shaking at best. Dewbond does a fantastic job of pointing out how, despite 10 or so episodes of relatively good storytelling, a good portion of that good will is thrown out in the final two episodes, where it seems the writers just forgot how much time they actually had, and did their best to throw together an ending that would (maybe) make sense? It is unfortunate to see this much potential be wasted, but the reality is that the series ended up falling flat on its face.

Wonder Egg Priority (Anime) Review – Snow/Well, Are They?

I used to be of the mind set that the ending was really important. While endings are important, and though “Wonder Egg Priority certainly collapsed quite a bit in its ending, It is worth pointing out how much good their was in its execution in other areas. The animation was good in almost every aspect, from character design to sakuga, and, even if they were not necessarily handled in the best way possible, the personal conflicts each of the girls go through is fairly well done. Is the show perfect? Far from it, but Snow does a great job pointing out the series’ better aspects. Definitely give her review a read.

Fruits Basket – The Final Episode 4 Review – The Heart Of Darkness – Crow/Crow’s World of Anime

It feels weird to say, but I honestly have not kept up with the new “Fruits Basket” since before the pandemic, which is weird because I was genuinely excited for this remake. Unfortunately, it is now on a long list of series that have been circumstantially backlogged until further notice. However, Crow’s write up of episode four is extremely detailed. Not only do they do an excellent job of summarizing the episodes events, but reading about the show’s final season has me all the more excited for when I do finally continue the series.

Goodbye, Osamu Kobayashi – Jessi Silver/Season 1 Episode 1

There have been many tragic passing’s in the last few years, both in the anime industry and out of it. From the death of basketball star Kobe Briant and beloved actor Chadwick Boseman, to the death of Isao Takahata, a founder and director at Studio Ghibli. However, someone I was not aware of was director Osamu Kobayashi. Kobayashi not only helmed some notable series such as “Paradise Kiss” and “Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad,” but had his hand in many other projects, including most recently before his passing “Dorororo.” Learning about a standout figure after their passing always feels a bit bittersweet. However, I can tell that this was both a lovely tribute and an extremely personal post.

Who’s the New Higurashi For? – Jon Spencer/Jon Spencer Reviews

Founder of the #TheJCS is back with a brand new video, breaking down the first season of the newest iteration in the “Higurashi” franchise, “Higurashi: Gou.” However, given the story that has told already with the original series and the follow-up “Kai,” Jon asks a serious question: who is “Gou” even meant for? As someone who saw the original Higurashi and most of “Kai,” I was a bit confused when I learned the newest series was not a direct remake. While updated visuals and music are certainly nice for a series like this (I’m still thinking about Rena’s eyes in the third episode, man that was creepy), I ultimately have to agree that the show just ends up pleasing nobody.


“Love me cancerously… She moves through moonbeams slowly. She knows just how to hold me.” — CMV/AMV Saturday (04/10/21) – Shoujo/Shoujo Thoughts: Otaku Ramblings

Cosplay is not one of those areas that I do not feel all too familiar with. However, I think even for those who are not familiar with it, it is pretty easy to tell when its being done incredibly well. Shoujo’s post shows off professional cosplay partners Svattii and Mishkali, and their Cosplay Music Video (CMV) “Love Me Death Note.” I am really glad that Shoujo decided to submit this because this is a genre of video I was not aware even existed. Well, at least now I know how I can spend my evenings other than watching random gameplay videos.

Anime Corner: Talentless Nana Review – Chris Joynson/Never Argue with a Fish

Good thing I never do, haha!…ok, yeah I’ll see myself out. While I am generally pretty aware of most of the series that come out in any given season, this one flew completely under my radar. Like, so far under that I was surprised to read it came out within the last year. Anyway, their are a lot of ways to do a good first episode, surprise twists are always a strong option (I am still thinking about the first episode of Invincible from earlier this year). While the plot description initially bored me, Joynson’s review felt fairly convincing, enough so that I will probably give this series a shot in the near future. Well done.


“The Wonderland” is another project that completely slipped under the radar for me, probably because my anime movie ecosystem for the last few years has mainly been a mix of Ghibli, Hosoda, and Shinkai. Still, that feels a lot more like my fault than anything else. Emiko, on the other hand, has ear on the pulse, as far as some of the more low-key projects go. Reading her thoughts is interesting, as it seems like this film has its share of strong and weak points worth considering. Given its aim at younger audiences, it might still end up a bit boring, but it also might end up being fun regardless.

NANA – Anime Playlist – Derek Lyons/Apprentice Mages Lounge

While this is not a universally law, and there are certainly series who break this rule, it feels like anime that focus on music as part of their core story tend to have better soundtracks. A good example of this is the recent show “Carole and Tuesday.” Like, maybe it had a couple of misses, but in general it was just banger after banger. I imagine I will probably have a similar opinion of “NANA” once I actually get around to watching it. Luckily, Derek Lyons put together an excellent sampler of the series’ musical selection and…yeah, its just really good. In general, the series seems to have a solid variety of Japanese rock. For those who, like me, are not super familiar with the series and want a sense of what the show is like music wise, definitely give this post a look.

The Way of the Househusband Netflix Anime – Final Thoughts – Rose/Wretched and Divine

I think its fair to say that most people had a less than excited reaction to finding out that “The Way of the Househusband” would not be a full anime, but rather an “animated comic” or whatever precursor they decided to use as a shorthand for not being fully animated. However, as Rose points out, there is still plenty of enjoyment to be had with the Netflix adaptation. The comedy still mostly lands, and worse case scenario you have only spent about 2-3 hours watching the series.

Edward and Alphonse Elric: How to Create Believable Brothers in Fiction – Jonah Hunt/Jonah’s Daily Rants

Jonah Hunt is absolutely right when he says that depicting brotherly relations in writing is hard. I will even take it a step further and say that portraying relationships in general without coming across as stiff and off-putting is extremely difficult. However, as his article quite excellently dissects, Fullmetal Alchemist knows how to explore the depth of Edward and Alphonse’s relationship. The fact that they are connected by a shared trauma makes it much more logical that they spend an extended amount of time together looking for a way to get their bodies back. Overall, this is a great analysis and worthy of a read.

Autism in Video Games – Megan/Nerd Rambles

In a world where entertainment. as well as media more broadly speaking, is becoming more and more influential in the daily lives of everyday people, it would seem to make sense that media should reflect the diversity that exists among people, no? Well, as Megan points out one group who seems to be lacking in representation, at least as far as video games go, is people on the Autism spectrum. Representation is a topic I care a lot about, and, if I am being completely honest, her post opened me up to a blindside I did not know I had. Its true: video games feel lacking in explicit representation for people on the spectrum, and that should change.

IN MY VIEW: ANIME AND GAMING MEDIA – Iniksbane/In Search of Number 9

I was honestly expecting to have a few more disagreements with the arguments being made. However, while I could nitpick about exactly how much responsibility a writer has compared to their editor in any given situation, It feels pretty hard to disagree with Iniksbane’s take here. As the competition for attention and retention gets fiercer and more data driven, companies will inevitably start dipping their toes in other waters. While gaming outlets writing about anime is not that new, It does not help their case for quality when every few months another inflammatory article gets written that gets a lot of basic things wrong. This well thought out and understanding piece is definitely worth a read.

Discussion: Does Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe deserve a second chance? – Matt/Matt-in-the-Hat

While I have been interested and involved in the FGC for some time now, Mortal Kombat and the DC aligned fighting games were not an area that I took a strong liking too. However, that is not to say a revived crossover between the two would not be interesting. Matt not only goes over the long and varied history of Midway Games, the original studio behind the “Mortal Kombat” series, but uses the studio’s history to assess whether or not a reboot of the original crossover game “Morkat Kombat vs DC Universe” is possible. Given DC’s darker direction in the last couple years, it certainly would not feel out of place. Additionally, given the popularity of those franchises, a competitive game involving the two would likely draw a lot of eyes and potential for big deals. Overall, it feels like a reboot would be a win-win for everyone.

DOOM Slayer Promo (DOOM Eternal) | The Cyber Den – Jake Parr/Jake the Voice

I imagine that getting to interview someone whose work you appreciate is a big deal. While “DOOM was never much of a big deal for me, and still really is not, It is a massively important series to a lot of people. I also cannot say I have heard to many interview promos, but this sounds truly epic, in every sense of the word. Matthew Waterson’s voice as the “DOOM” guy is incredibly awesome to listen to, and does a great job of selling the identity of “DOOM” as a franchise. The full interview is also out on Jake’s Channel, so if you want to go listen to that as well, than feel free.


Transistor – Basscape/The Almighty Backlog

If you want to read a reviewer who just knows what they are talking about when it comes to games, give Basscape’s blog “The Almighty Backlog” a read. This review of “Transistor” from game studio Supergiant is not only incredibly educational and interesting, but feels articulate in a way that makes me feel like I have so much more to learn about games and even how to write reviews. Needless to say I have been convinced on giving “Transistor” a try at some point, but please do drop this man a follow. Absolutely deserved.

FNaF: Security Breach Fan Theory: Gregory Is Vanny’s Adopted Son – Matt Doyle/Matt Doyle Media

The last time I made a serious attempt to keep up with “Five Nights at Freddy’s” lore was in like early 2019. However, that does not mean I do not find the series to be interesting, quite the opposite actually. What started as just an indie horror game made by an almost failed Christian game designer has turned into an entire universe, with people of all different backgrounds coming together to try and figure out what the hell is even going on. Even despite how much information I am missing, reading fan theories like Matt’s is incredibly fun. For those actual “FNAF” fans who are curious, give this post a read.

Indietail – Ape Out – MagiWasTaken/Indiecator

You ever just wanna go absolutely ape? no, but like literally? Well, luckily for you, there is a solution. Gaming blogger MagiWasTaken has an excellent review of “Ape Out,” a top-down, beat-em-up which focuses on the player controlling a gorilla and attempting to take out a number of guards in order to escape. he also do an excellent job of identifying how the soundtrack interacts with the game as a whole. Never thought I would read “ape” and “free form jazz” in an indie game review, but now anyone who gives this review a read can say they have, so go check it out.

BL Metamorphosis: A Blossoming Relationship || Manga First Impressions – Takuto/Takuto’s Anime Cafe

I’ll be the first to admit that BL is not exactly my preferred genre. This is probably incredibly shocking coming from a Cishetero dude, I know. However, “BL Metamorphosis” is a series I could see myself genuinely enjoying. Stories about people of vastly different age groups and backgrounds enjoying something together unashamedly are ones that do not feel like they get told all too often. Whether someone is 15 or 50, 45 or 75, there should not be shame in picking up a new hobby, or enjoying something that would not necessarily be targeted at them. So yeah, Takuto does a great job at selling the story of this series and I for one can certainly see myself picking up “BL Metamorphosis” in the near future.


The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent (Manga) Vol 1-2 Review – Al/ Al’s Manga Blog

A female main character in an isekai who is not defined solely or even primarily by her physical attractiveness? I am interested already. I have been seeing a lot more promotion for this series as of late, and given how Al describes it, I can certainly understand why. This is the type Isekai that honestly feels pretty targeted at me, one because ya boy likes his romantic storylines, and two because these more daunting questions of hidden identities create a lot of potential for big twists down the line. From what I can tell the art is also pretty solid too, which is always a bonus. Overall, this is just a great write-up of the series and definitely will get added to my to read list.

I Hear the Sunspot: Limit Manga Volumes 1-3 Series Review – Ziebruh/Bloom Reviews

There is always a lot to say about series that center the experiences of social minorities and their experiences. Sometimes it can be done well, and other times no so much. However, Ziebruh does a great job at explaining not only the success in “I Hear the Sunspot’s” telling of this kind of story, but also how it is good outside of that framework. While it is always important for reviewers to talk about the underlying sentiments and themes of a work, it is equally important to talk about the story’s actually quality. This is a review that balances both incredibly well.

Anime Discussion: Relating to Fruits basket on a Personal Level – Art of Anime

It is always depressing, but also eye-opening to watch a slice of life/drama story and think about the very real experiences that probably, at least in part, influenced those stories. It is even moreso to read other people’s direct accounts of how true that actually is. As somone who grew up in a relatively privileged position on the economic and social scale, I have to remind myself fairly often that my lived experiences are not other peoples, and many have struggled to even get where they are today. Needless to say that Art of Anime does an amazing job talking about their lived experiences and contextualizing them against a series that should feel more fiction than fact, but making that out to be not the case. Please give this a read and send them a virtual hug while you are at it.

My Guide to Level 30! – Sailor Otome/The Pretty Blerd Guardian

Being an adult is hard. You suddenly are forced to worry about things that were previously insignificant details on your journey through childhood. It becomes even harder when forced to deal with people judging your interests, multiplied by factors of identity that you have no control over. The nerd experience is different for people depending on how they were born, and aging only adds to that disparity. Sailor Otome’s post is one that combines these experiences in a self-reflecting essay which is genuinely heartwarming and encouraging to read. Anyone who is feeling bad about being a nerd as an adult should read this post.

My History with Slimes – Nabe-chan/Geek Nabe

One of the most, if not the most repetitive enemy archetype JRPGs are slimes. They take a variety of forms, whether they be giant monsters or just little blops jumping on the ground. This is a really interesting post because It feels as though most people tend to have a connection with specific archetypes, whether they be characters, monsters, settings. Everyone just has that one aesthetic that really resonates with them, and it was interesting to read about Nabe’s relationship with slimes, especially considering the recent boom in popularity for video game themed isekai.

Just wanna say thank you to everyone who submitted this month and helped make my first ever Jon’s Creator Showcase a success. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any “March Comes in Like a Lion” posts this time around. I guess I just need to shill a bit harder, hehe. Not sure when I will be hosting again in the future, but I do know that Scott of Mechanical Anime Reviews will be hosting next month’s Showcase. Also, if you did not get a chance to see last month’s, go check out the April 2021 #TheJCS hosted by Crimson of A Nerdy Fujo Cries.

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A Mystery to be Revealed…What Could it be?

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Well, life never stops moving I guess, and as I matter of fact neither do I. Since Most of house is currently in boxes this week I thought I would take a week off from serious posts. I also didn’t really feel like crying this week because of AnoHana, so there’s that. Regardless, I want to thank Chizurue from Of Midnight Ravings and Nesha from Wore Her Sweater for nominating me for the mystery blogger award. With that being said, lets get to it.

Rules, Rules, Rules

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention Okoto Enigma, the creator of the award.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer 5 questions from the nominee.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers.
  • Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.
  • Share the link to your best post.

Three Things About Me

  • One of my goals for the near future is to be a published author. Whether that means fiction or poetry, self-published or professionally so, I honestly have no idea, but I definitely have a lot of ideas that I want to get out in some semi-organized form
  • My favorite anime is “March Comes in Like a Lion.” While this is not new information, I just want to make sure it is known. You should go watch it. like, now.
  • Working during a pandemic is definitely one of the worst experiences I have had and probably will ever have.


Since both Chizurue and Nesha both nominated me around the same time, I’ll try and respond to both of their questions

First up, Chizurue.

What’s the most useless talent you have? 

Hmmm…Well, It’s mostly useless, but I’m pretty decent in competitive “Smash Ultimate.” Aside from that, I don’t really have any other talents that could really be classified as useless talents. Mostly because I don’t have that many talents to begin with.

What anime or movie or series would you turn into a novel to lure the bookworms in?

Normally I would snap say “March” here because that’s my answer to everything, but I actually don’t think it would be as compelling in book form. This is kind of sudden, but I think “Terror in Resonance” would work really well as a novel, as the drama in that series seems much more suited to written form.

What movie, anime, drama or series can you watch over and over without ever getting tired of? (Pick one or share one each) – This is really just me asking for recommendations.

“Oregairu,” or “My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU” is always a go to for me. I am actually currently re-watching the series with one of my best friends, and even 6 years after first watching it, the show still sells its message so well. It can be a little pretentious sometimes, and the main character is unlikeable for sure, but that’s the point 99.9 percent of the time. plz watch.

What mythical creature do you wish actually existed? So it can be your pet, a spirit animal, or you in your next life.

probably dragons. I know that’s a pretty basic answer, but its true. Dragons are pretty cool.

What made you follow this blog Of Midnight Ravings? (If you’re not following my blog – why not? or just disregard this one)

My memory is pretty off, but I believe its cause I interacted with you first and then saw you also blogged. You seemed, and still are, pretty cool;)

And now, Nesha

What is that ONE desire or enthusiasm, the passion of yours that drives your soul?

F O O D…lol, jk. At this point, I think its probably either writing or gaming. While I have never considered myself a particularly competitive person, it always feels good to be able to consistently perform well in something, which is why I enjoy gaming. However, I also enjoy the collaboration and teamwork that comes with writing. so, its pretty much a toss up.

What makes you grateful, optimists, and concerned about this passion of yours?

I definitely feel like every time I do either of the two, whether it be working on poetry or short stories or getting better competitively at a specific game, which definitely makes me more optimistic about doing either thing. My biggest concern probably is just that it never pays off, but I try not to think about that to much.

What does success look like in your head?

I would consider myself successful when I have to work as little as possible and have the freedom to do what I want.

What do you enjoy about writing?

I really enjoy the craft of writing. It feels amazing when you can utilize certain literary tools successfully and it translates over when people read your work.

Do you like cats? What about catgirls? (This is the funny one)

Both are okay in my book.

My Best Post

This is kind of hard, tbh, but If I had to pick my best post, it would probably be this one:

Everything is Politics, Including Anime, and What That Should Mean

I put quite a bit of research into it, probably more than any other post I have written. plz read.


Just as a heads up, for everyone that I nominate, feel free to ignore this, since I know everyone is busy around this time of year

Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews

Yomu from Umai Yomu Anime Blog

Ashley Capes from The Review Heap

Megan Marie from A Geeky Gal

Raistlin from Raistlin0903

Lynn Sheridan from The Otaku Author

Megan Peoples from Nerd Rambles

Matt from Matt-in-the-Hat

Rose from Wretched and Divine

Lesley Aeschliman from Lesley’s Anime and Manga Corner

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Real Neat Blogger Award – Guess I’m Pretty Cool Again

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Its been a while since I’ve responded to a blog award of any kind, but thank you to Ospreyshire for the nomination. Here are the rules:

  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
  • Nominate any number of people linking to their blogs and let them know you nominated them by commenting on their blogs.
    -Come up with 7 questions for the people you nominated.

Alright, and here are the question Opresyshire has for me:

1. Who is your favorite poet?

As of right now, Rudy Fransisco. He writes a lot of amazing stuff.

2. If you could make a musical movie, which artist or band’s music would you use and what would the plot look like?

I’m assuming by musical movie you mean something where the music is more integrated and important to the movie at large. In that case, I would probably go with a band like PVRIS who has a more Rock/Electronic sound. As for the plot, It would probably end up being a more Shinkai-esk love story, but with more of a focus on side characters and the setting.

3. Which country would you want to visit that you’ve never been to before?

I definitely would like to go somewhere in Europe at some point. Maybe Germany or somewhere in the UK, not entirely sure though.

4. Which book would you like to see adapted as a movie or TV show? This can be a novel, novella, novelette, graphic novel, manga, or any form of literature.

My first Instinct would be to say No Game No Life, but I think a lot of it would have to be rewritten for a global audience to the point where it wouldn’t be the same story anymore. Still, it would be interesting to see someone make the attempt.

5. What is your favorite instrument to hear in music?

Electric Guitar, just because its not very often that it is utilized

6. If you had the power to give an unknown or under-appreciated musician the ability to have one of their songs to be a #1 hit, what musician/singer/band would it be and what song would it be from them to temporally get rid of the typical mainstream Top 40 doldrums?

Aesop Rock, easily. Definitely one of the best rappers know one knows about.

7. What is the worst case of protagonist centered morality you’ve seen in a movie, story, TV show, etc.? For those not familiar with the term, let me put it to you this way. What is something you’ve seen a heroic character do that was bad and would never get away with it if they were a villain?

Tbh, I’ve thought about it for a while, and I can’t come up with anything super egregious. I guess the amount of people they kill in Stranger Things is a bit questionable, but even then a lot of those situations are pretty justified.

And now, here are my questions:

  1. What’s the worst experience you have had at a convention(assuming you’ve been to one?) If not, what’s the worst experience you’ve had interacting with members of a fandom?
  2. How has your favorite piece art, be it a book, movie, TV series, etc, affected you as a person?
  3. Aside from blogging, what hobby, besides what you write about, takes up a significant portion of your time?
  4. How has writing on a blog affected you work outside of blogging?
  5. What do you believe to be the most important element of a good story?
  6. What is your favorite Podcast? Or, favorite music album from the last year?
  7. Is there such a thing as a Universal Morality? I.E. a set of moral codes that apply in all cases.

And now for the nominees. Since I know this award has been going for a while, anyone who wants to respond can do so, but I won’t nominate anyone specifically.

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I’ve Been Tagged Again! The Make it Anime Tag

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Well, it seems as though I’ve been tagged again! Time for another round of the T.A.P Tag. Thank you to Irina for tagging me. Here are the rules.

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog post.
  • Choose 1 Book, Movie and TV show of your choice that you think could work as an anime. (A series of books or movies is allowed e.g. Lord of the Rings, Hunger Games)
    • If you want to pick more than 1 from each section that’s fine. Or if you can’t think of one for a specific category that’s fine also.
  • Explain why you think your choices could work as an anime. Maybe the advent of animation would enhance it, maybe the different anime genres could help expand and improve the story. Just go crazy with it.
  • Link back to the original post so I can read people’s suggestions, I’d love to read everyone’s ideas.
  • Include Make it Anime in your tags so everyone including myself can find them all easily.
  • Nominate around 5-10 bloggers.

Book: The Remains of the Day

I picked Never Let Me Go as my book for the first version of this tag I did, and I knew as soon as I got tagged again what the second one would be. While I have not actually finished The Remains of the Day yet, I can tell already that this would be something I would love to watch. It has a similar feel to Violet Evergarden, only the anime would be much more focused on Stephen, the main character, rather than any of the side characters surrounding him.

Movie: How to Train Your Dragon

I recently went to see the third How to Train Your Dragon with a couple of friends of mine and it was a lot of fun, but I would also love to see it as an anime. I think it being a Dreamworks production limits a lot of the aspects of the story that are able to be explored. It would be really cool to find out more of the world’s history and how it is Dragons came to inhabit it.

TV: The Walking Dead

Alright, not gonna lie, I just think this would be a lot of fun. I don’t know whether or not The Walking Dead would be a good anime or not, I just think it would be entertaining. Especially when it comes to the group dynamics of the cast.

Since this is my second time doing this, I won’t bother anyone else with a specific nomination, but if this is a format you are interested in doing, consider yourself nominated.

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Brotherhoods are Pretty Cool – Brotherhood of the World Blog Award

Welcome, weebs and authors alike, to The Aniwriter

Last week, I was nominated by one of my favorite fellow bloggers, Sam from A Nerdy Perspective, for the Brotherhood of the World Blog Award. Being part of a brotherhood definitely seems cool, and I would also like to go on secret missions, so…whoever is out there waiting to give me a secret mission, I’m totally ready.

Brotherhood Award.jpg

Anyway, here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the questions sent to you.
  • Nominate around 10 bloggers.
  • Create your own set of questions for your nominees and display the rules.

And now for the questions from Sam:

What is your favorite TV show outside of anime?

For a while, it was walking dead, but as I’ve watched a lot more TV, I’ve found myself drawn to a lot of other shows. If we’re talking just live action shows, then its House of Cards hands down. With animated series included, then I’d probably have to give that to Steven Universe.

If you were playing a game of Dungeons and Dragons what would your character be and why?

I’ve actually played a couple of Dungeons and Dragons games before. My first time playing I was a Cleric and the second time I was a paladin. Other than those, I would say probably wizard, especially since wizards in 5th edition are really good.

You have two machines. One can take you into the depths of space and you can travel across the universe. The other is a time machine which can take you to whatever point in time in the past or future. Which do you choose and why?

Probably the time machine. I think it would be a lot more interesting to study different points in time and look at how other people lived than it would be to explore space. That’s just me though.

Which anime/manga/game/movie/etc do you think has been the best to come out of 2018 so far?

Megalo Box for sure. I would not be surprised if this show sweeps the Crunchyroll anime awards like My Hero Academia did last year.

What attracted you to anime/manga/gaming in the first place?

Basically, my own loneliness. I was never much for social interaction when I was younger, and when I discovered anime for the first time, it felt like I had discovered a whole new realm of possibilities. I could preoccupy myself and not get that same feeling of loneliness.

And now for some other nominations; apologies to everyone who has already been nominated


Peach’s Almanac

Two Happy Cats

I know the rules say ten people, but considering how quickly everyone usually gets tagged for these kinds of things, I’ll keep the list short, as well as the questions. If anyone wants to answer the questions themselves in the comments or in a separate post, feel free.

Has your blog ever affected you positively in your personal life, aside from the benefit of being able to write?

What time period in history do you find most interesting?

What is the most interesting place you’ve been?

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My Reasons Why Award

Last month, Kimchisama wrote a blog post that would be the beginning of this award, the My Reasons Why award. I highly recommend you read her original post, although, fair warning, it is a bit sad, to say the least. In the post, Kimchi talks about some horribly tragic events that have taken place at the school where she works. In light of those terrible events, she has decided to start the My Reasons Award, an award that, at its core, is a celebration of life.

As someone who recently struggled with depression, I know it can sometimes be hard to find anything worth appreciating, especially when you feel like complete trash. But in spite of that, it is important to remember that no matter how hard it gets, there are things worth living for.

Here are the rules for this award:

  1. Mention the person who nominated you (that would be Auri-san and Chizu. Thank you both!).
  2. List thirteen reasons why you keep going/living.
  3. Nominate 10 people
  4. Use the picture Kimchi created (It is going to be my header image for this post).

Without further ado, my thirteen reasons why:

  1. My family – I really could not imagine leaving my family without so prematurely. I know it would hurt them to have me leave.
  2. My friends – If it was not for a lot of my friends, I would not be the person I am today. From my casual acquaintances to the friends I made in my high school newspaper, to my best friend. It is not wrong to say that I live a lot of my life for them.
  3. The News – It might sound a little weird, but the reason I got into journalism is so that I could listen to and get involved in amazing stories. When I hear good stories, it makes me feel better about the world.
  4. Anime – I would be remiss not to mention half of the reason this blog even exists. I’ve been aware of the phenomenon of anime ever since I was twelve, and its impact has not been lost on me.
  5. Politics – It might also sound weird to say that I live for politics, but a lot of politics is just another way to hear different people’s stories. Everyone has different reason’s for the things they believe, and some are deeply personal.
  6. Podcasts – I have recently remembered how much I love listening to podcasts, mostly because of the conversational aspect of it. I love hearing people exchange ideas in a more casual setting.
  7. Books – There are a lot of books that I have been really wanting to read but I have not gotten the chance to, so hopefully I can get to all of those.
  8. Manga – Same thing as for books. Especially Tokyo Ghoul:re, because I am still a little confused on some things.
  9. Hot showers – Cold showers are pretty good, but there is nothing like being under a constant stream of warm water for a few minutes.
  10. Twitter – It really is the best place for some of the dumbest things possible, all while realizing that no one takes it seriously.
  11. Memes – *Inhales a plate of delicious memes*
  12. Poetry and writing – the other half of my blog which makes it complete.
  13. Blogging – Having a space to vent and talk about myself, my problems and everything else related to my experience as a human being has been helpful in a lot of ways.

And now for nominations:

I thought it would be better to just go ahead and nominate everyone who reads this. I think this is a really important award, not because it’s not important, but because everyone has there reasons for living, and I think sharing them is important.

Thank you all for being on this journey with me. You are all wonderful.