Real Neat Blog Award!

Hey, another nomination for another blogging award! I’m back to write over the Thanksgiving break, and this was definitely something I was looking forward to answering! A big thanks to Lumi, who writes some thought-provoking anime content and has been a steady reader here as well. Make sure to check his work out if you haven’t! A few rules about this award:

  1. Display the logo (should be above).
  2. Thank the bloggers for the award.
  3. Answer the questions from the one who nominated you.
  4. Nominate 7 to 10 bloggers.
  5. Ask them 7 questions.

So let’s delve into the questions sent my way:

What book has upset you the most?

Hmm, that’s an interesting question! I haven’t done much pleasure reading in a while as a university student, but rather humorously, I doubt most people have enjoyed physics textbooks, and I’m no exception. Trying to figure material out from it was a chore and a half- so that qualifies as “upsetting” in my eyes.


What character in fiction’s story arc left you the saddest?

-The saddest character arc? Ooooh, there’s a great question. Let’s pick someone who hasn’t appeared in my “What’s in a Character” series then…well, a good candidate might  the tale of Kiritsugu Emiya from Fate/Zero. I’m unsure if it’s the saddest arc I’ve ever seen, but the man’s character is a tragedy of the highest order, and largely a big reason Zero is the closest to a “must-watch” in the franchise, from my perspective.


What do you feel about escapism in fiction?

-Perfectly normal. Seriously, fiction by definition is a made-up story, something we’ve all known from an extremely young age, so it’s more an inherent property than not. Now, in a more nuanced way, there’s different levels of escapism, from the fantastical fantasy worlds that exist in many works, to sobering pseudo-realities based on or directly set in real events or places. Truthfully, it depends on what you’re looking for- and I think that’s a really neat aspect about stories in general.

What musical theme immediately starts the waterworks for you?

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-“Memories,” a more contemplative leimotif of Little Witch Academia’s “Chariot’s Theme” might do the trick. Context matters here!


Why do some people associate feeling sad as meaning the show is bad?

-Well, this is actually a larger conundrum I’ve been wrestling with for a while in my own review work. So, I’ll do my best to give an answer:

Sadness =/= Bad, but high level execution of a concept, along with being a genuinely watchable product never goes out of style. To make reference to specific instances: Kite’s saga in Hunter x Hunter and how it relates to Gon is “sad” but complex emotionally, and gripping as a major undercurrent of the arc in question. If “sad” = “bad” to some folks, then it probably wasn’t very well executed and is more an indictment of the show itself than the content. One final note: I don’t care for story that emphasize crippling depression, but when it’s not laid on so heavily, it can be an emotionally thought-provoking experience.

Is it necessary to use vulgar language for a mature story?

-Absolutely not! The power of language is such that when the right tone and plot are established, context can make for a very intense story that doesn’t need coarse language necessarily. Besides, I always learned that the less you swear, the more professional you sound- and if it’s very selective, it may also be more impactful.

What makes you happy right now?

-God, family, working hard at school. Seriously! It’s simple, but having an objective and working hard at it is the most fulfilling feeling there is.

So, now for a pick-7 of questions worth asking:

-What’s the most underrated show you think you’ve watched and why?
-Who is your favorite character from animation?
-If you had a choice between attending the Super Bowl or attending a concert of your choice, what would you pick?

-What was the best animated film of the 2010’s in your opinion?
-Grabbing this from Lumi: “What makes you happy right now?”

-It’s the holidays! What is your favorite food from the season?
-If you were given a choice, what’s one thing in animation you’d want to see written about?

Well, that’s it from me! Here’s my 7 nominees:





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Author: anibproductions

I am the founder and writer of AniB Productions, currently a blog with a focus on animated shows from both the East and the West. Love Buffalo sports, good political discussion, and an interesting conversation wherever I go.

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