When Annoying Dragon over at Everworld tagged me for the Blogger Interrogation Game I was a bit surprised. I’ve taken part in 7×7 and Liebster and even Book Tag but I have never heard of the Blogger Interrogation Game. Sounds scary but it involves anime and books so I am more than game because those are two of the most important things in my life and they are pretty important to Annoying Dragon so I think we’ll get along charmingly. Thank you for putting me in such a scary situation, Annoying Dragon…
Here are the rules:
- Each person is supposed to follow the rule of fives. You are allowed to ask 5 questions, after which you can tag up to 5 bloggers by hyper-linking to their blog; 5 questions because it’s not too many to flood another blogger and occupy too much of his/her time, but yet a large enough number to ask your most important questions, and 5 bloggers to avoid spamming. Hence, prioritize your questions, and who you wish to ask!
- Those tagged are obliged to answer the questions in a blog post, and after which, they are entitled to create their own 5 questions and tag 5 other bloggers, so on and so forth. You should answer your own 5 questions as well. You are allowed to tag the person that tagged you in the first place. Also, copy and paste this section on your blog so others can understand how the game goes.
- In the case where a blogger strongly refuses to answer a question, he/she must instead post a nice anime image, wallpaper or cosplay picture, et cetera in response to that question.
- To make things interesting, a blogger can include wildcards in his/her 5 questions by placing an asterisk, (*), after which those tagged are obliged to reveal something interesting about themselves that others did not previously know. There is no limit to the number of asterisks one can place (which means there can be up to 5 wildcard questions).
- Anyone can feel free to start the game; you don’t necessarily need someone to tag you. Just create your 5 questions and tag your 5 people of choice. However, the catch is that you must answer your own 5 questions as well.
- To potentially prevent an endless game, this round of games will end on the 8th September 2012, 12pm JST (GMT +9). After which, no more bloggers can tag others to answer their questions.
Alas, I was awfully busy this week and so the deadline is too close for me to tag others and I follow movie bloggers with only a few anibloggers. That said I will answer Everworld’s questions and post cool anime images.
1) If you could pick a book/anime to have with you on a desert island, what would it be?
Wait a second… How long are we going to be stuck on this desert island? Please say a couple of days! Anyway I would pick Kino’s Journey for my anime because I can, and have, watched it repeatedly. I still discover new things in the anime and I love the art/music of the show.As far as books go I would either pick Murakami’s After Dark or David Thomson’s Biographical Dictionary of Film or Kim Newmans Nightmare Movies. I can read those a lot.
2) What book/anime universe would you like to live in?
I would like to live in the world of Kino’s Journey. It is set in a mittel-European like setting and it is made up of a patchwork of lands which have different features – one kingdom can be a futuristic place while the next one over could be Edwardian or Victorian. Life is deceptively simple and if you want a change, just jump on a motorrad and ride off over a hill and through a field of red flowers. I would probably end up working in the same type of place I work now but the possibility of escape and change on a daily basis is always there and the idea of going on a journey of self-discovery is kind of cool. Just make sure you have your persuader.
3) Who is your fictional soulmate?
Noa Izumi from Production I.G.’s Patlabor franchise. I love Patlabor. It’s the one mecha anime I really enjoy watching. Part of it is down to the realistic portrayal of the uses of giant robots, another part is the down to earth but charming characters. Noa is good-natured, perky and a red-head. We are both good natured but she is much more out-going than I am which I like. I think we would complement each other well as I am a bit more reserved and a thinker and she would push me into doing things while I could support her… I’m thinking about this a little too deeply but I genuinely like her as a anime character and a person. I was tempted to put Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell in here but I think Noa is more my level since we have a similar morning routine. I said that before in the book tag post but it still rings true.
4) Why do you like anime and what are some aspects of anime that you could do without?
I love the imagination in anime and the ideas. The medium is so stylish and when it is coupled with the slick animation, great character designs and the different but interesting stories and characters that western animation houses and television shows would never dare touch it makes the whole medium interesting. I love the aesthetics whether it is the exaggerated facial features and worlds or the way that a story can progress and I love the way we get a glimpse into Japanese culture.
We’re quite fortunate in the U.K. in the sense that the distributors here do get quite a few interesting titles. The one title I really wanted to see get a release in the U.K. and didn’t expect for it to happen was Mawaru Penguindrum and that was recently confirmed for release some time next year – that was a major surprise and a welcome one. I assumed it was too different to get a release but much like The Tatami Galaxy and The House of Five Leaves, the distributor Kaze is taking a risk on it. The only anime I can think of would be Mōryō no Hako which is the sequel to the story, The Summer of Ubume which I have the book of. I would like to wrap the two together.
I hate fan service and ecchi.
5) And because I am really curious and sometimes a bit strange, what’s your favourite food?
I like Chinese/Asian food. I have recently enjoyed Singapore fried rice and sweet and sour chicken. That and cheesecake. Can’t beat cheesecake especially when my mother and sister make it.
I would like to thank Everworld for tagging me. It was fun.