Perhaps I should have added ‘but not as much as Marow with his five fake harem members’ on to the end of that title? But anyway, I am positively delighted to have been tagged and, therefore, given the opportunity to play this game once more. John Sato, you think you have exacted your revenge by giving me what it is I adore the most, attention? Ah ha ha, I am a scab- the more you pick at me, the longer I’m going to mar your skin!!
Anyway, now that I’m done comparing myself to granulation tissue, here are the rules to the game and my responses to John Sato’s questions:
1) What is one of your favorite video games of all time? If you can, explain why it’s special.
Hmm, my favourite game of all time would have to be Brave Fencer Musashi, an RPG about a little samurai who must traverse a strange, unfamiliar land in order to rescue the innocent civilians who have been captured and held prisoner by the baddies. It’s difficult to explain why it’s my favourite game when I can’t remember a great deal about it- I first played it when I was about 7 and remember loving it despite it being impossibly difficult (I never did complete it!) I guess it’s the whole viewing it through the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia that makes it a favourite of mine. I’m not allowed to mention any present day favourites, am I? >.>
2) (As with the first question, only with anime instead of video games).
D’aw, that’s no fun to answer- I’ve already done it here! My favourite anime I watched recently, however, is Nichijou… It was hilarious, but not just because of some of the ridiculous situations characters found themselves in, but because of their equally ridiculous responses to ‘em. You couldn’t predict how any of the scenarios would play out, which kept it feeling fresh and funny!
3) What video game has the best soundtrack (in your opinion)? Bonus points if you can name the person that composed it.
The Metal Gear Solid franchise. I wasn’t just taken aback by some of the songs played during any of the four games’ credits, but by a lot of the BGM in the gameplay itself. Heck, the theme that plays when Snake is spotted by a foot-soldier has become almost iconic over the years! All in all I have five of MGS’ pieces of music on my i-Pod: its main theme, Mantis’ theme, The Best Is Yet to Come, Snake Eater (so wonderfully cheesy!) and Here’s to You. And considering I’ve not one other piece of music from any other game on my i-Pod, that’s pretty special! As for who composed the music… um… I know Harry Gregson Williams composed the music for the second game, but I’m not entirely sure if he did it for the third and fourth game also, or who composed the music for the first game…
4) What video game have you beaten/anime have you watched (completely) the most times? (You can answer one or both.)
The video games I’ve beaten the most huh… It’s between three: Pokemon Emerald Version, the Metal Gear Solid games and Resident Evil 4. I beat the Elite 4 several times a day towards the end of my Emerald Version marathon in order to level up my Pokemon, evolve them and fill up my Pokedex. I play through all of the Metal Gear Solid games at least once a year- the gameplay and cut-scenes are good enough that even after 6 years I haven’t gotten bored of doing that. And well, Resident Evil 4’s a recent favourite of mine. I frequently marathon it to prove that I’m better at it than my little brother. I am not though. It was he that taught me you can take down most of the game’s biggest bosses with just one missile!
As for what anime I’ve watched the most, that is a lot easier to answer! It’s Blood+. I loved it so much that I re-watched it 4 times in one year, each time with a different person. I find I was able to appreciate it more the more times I watched it and watching it with different people meant the experience was slightly different every time: I was able to be a big baby and cry my heart out with one, with another we found every little thing (including a 2 minute running sequence) absolutely hilarious! With one person I was even able to marathon the entire second half of the show (25 episodes) in just one night! I was so tired the next day, I fell asleep on her carpet whilst watching Bleach! Good times…
5) Have you ever found any music artists through anime (or video games) that you listen to as a “fan” (i.e. you listen to more than just their anime/VG stuff)?
Not really, no. I’ve listened to a couple of Asian Kung-Fu Generation’s not-anime songs, but I’m not a religious follower.
And then mid-way through writing this I was tagged once more! So while I’m at it, here are my responses to sweetpea616’s questions:
1) If you were on a deserted island with an anime/manga character, who would it be?
Um… One that could fly and get me off the desert island? But I guess what you’d really like to know is which character wouldn’t I mind spending an extended amount of time with in a dire situation, huh? Well, my first instinct was to respond with Yuuko, but she’d just make me do everything- fetch wood and water, make a fire, etc. And I’m far better at giving orders then receiving them! Maybe Kino, she has great survival skills and has many an interesting story to tell… Though your answer was beautiful, sweetpea!!
2) Do you consider any anime/manga characters to be role models? Who and why?
Women like HOLiC’s Yuuko and Bleach’s Yoruichi I see as role models- they don’t let men’s, or society’s expectations of how women should act influence their behaviour in the slightest, they do what they want when they want regardless of whether or not it’s considered normative of their gender. I’m a feminist you see, so I find women like that very inspiring.
3) What is your favorite genre of anime, and why?
It used to be horror before I discovered most horror anime use the horror element as an excuse to explore different avenues of ecchi. “OK , so there are some zombies here. Hmm… Let’s have them tear at the underage girl’s clothes until she’s only in her bra and panties! But it’s OK because they’re only trying to eat her!” Nowadays I prefer josei (most relatable) or sci-fi (makes me think) shows.
4) Do you prefer real DVDs or digital/streaming?
Oh I love to buy my favourite shows on DVD- I see it as my way of giving back to the industry that has given me so much! It’s irritating that many of my favourite shows are not available in my country, but that hasn’t done much to limit my collection! To date I own all of Death Note, Eden of the East, Higurashi, Baccano!, Jyu Oh Sei, Samurai Champloo, Darker than Black, XXXHOLiC, Spice and Wolf, Welcome to the NHK, Highschool of the Dead, Soranowoto, Tatami Galaxy and Paranoia Agent, 7 series’ worth of Naruto, 5 Ghibli movies (Spirited Away, Whisper of the Heart, Howl, Totoro and Kiki), 2 series’ worth of Bleach, half of FMA, Ouran High School Host Club, Witchblade, Hetalia and Beck and one volume of each InuYasha, Naruto Shippuuden, FMA:B, Claymore, Fruits Basket, Black Lagoon 2 and Hell Girl. Oh, and I have a special edition Kuragehime box-set pre-ordered! What!? Up until now I’ve had my fair share of disposable income to burn! No more now that I’m about to start uni…
5) What anime have you seen that’s most outside of your usual tastes? Did you like it?
There isn’t really a genre of anime I’m not willing to try, so it’s difficult to answer this question, but I suppose it’s surprising I enjoy the Key visual novel adaptations (Air, Clannad, Kanon, etc.) as much as I do given that they are essentially harems hiding behind dorama.
And finally, my own questions and responses, as well as the bloggers I’m gonna tag. There are fewer questions this time because I’m tagging fewer people- most of the bloggers I know have already done this at this point… I need to meet more bloggers!
1) Would you please regale me with a story recounting any humorous anime-related experience you have had? Clue: the answer to this question is not ‘no’, it is ‘yes’, and then you go on to say what that experience was! Here, let me show you:
There was this time where my sister got so scared watching Higurashi she paid me to escort her to the loo, that was pretty funny, on my part, though it was also pretty funny when my other sister (I have too many) and I went through that phase of yelling InuYasha moves at each other from across the room- “IRON REAVER SOUL STEEEAAALEEER”, “BLADES OF BLOOOD”, and so on- much to the confusion of the ‘rents.
2) Has the red-mist of nerd-rage ever descended upon you? If so, elaborate.
It annoys me whenever my parents say Naruto wrong (which is a lot) and when people accuse anime of being ‘for kids’, but what makes me the most angry is when somebody (often my fellow anime-watching sister) underappreciates a masterpiece, saying it is average without giving a legitimate argument as to why. I understand not everyone is going to enjoy the same things as I, but if you slate one of my favourite shows, at least give me a proper reason for it instead of “It’s just not that good.” WHY!? Why is it not that good!?
3) If you had to cosplay as any anime/manga/video-game character, who would it be?
In the past I’ve cosplayed as Naruto’s Hinata, K-ON’s Mio, Steins;Gate’s Kurisu and Bakemonogatari’s Senjougahara, but I’d looove to cosplay as Kuroshitsuji’s Madame Red next- she wears such beautiful, elaborate dresses! The clothes we wear today are so boring in comparison to some styles of clothing they wore during the Victorian era…
Now it’s your turn-
feal87 of EmptyBlue
Marth of Marth’s Anime Blog
subduedfangirl of Subdued Fangirling (you didn’t answer my last set of questions, so I’m not giving up on you just yet!)