Well, this is Neat! (Real Neat Blog Award)

The Otaku Author Well This Is Neat

This has nothing to do with the clean, minimalistic look I have on my website, but is actually because I was nominated by Chris Joynson from the Never Argue with a Fish blog! So, thanks!

I was particularly delighted to receive this Real Neat Blog Award nomination because Chris is a fellow blogger, author, and Brit (I think. He lives in England, so I am making an assumption). However, it was Chris’ questions and the timing of it that really caught my attention. Recently, I relaunched my author platform and was looking for some fiction to add. How does this tie into Chris’ questions? Well, you’ll have to wait until number 7 to find out…

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  1. Display the logo.
  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.

What was your first ever anime (did you even know it was an anime at the time)?

My very first anime was the 1988 legendary masterpiece that is Akira. I grew up in a time before Dragon Balls and Pokemon and as a result, was very much aware that Akira was an anime. It was one of those “weird foreign animated movies” that were only shown on Channel 4 in the later hours of the night. I loved it and have never looked back.

Akira Tetsuo

When you’re watching an anime, do you read the manga as well or are you anime only? Why?

I usually watch anime first and if it really clicks with me, I’ll read the manga too. There are some occasions where I have read the manga first, but it is more common for it to be the other way around. As to why… I don’t know! I think it probably depends on accessibility and timing really.

What series or film (anime or not) do you think deserves more attention?

I’m actually going to step outside of anime for one second to mention a mini-series that I think was incredible and needs much more love. I am talking about Dead Set. It’s an English mini-series which focuses on the Big Brother house during the zombie apocalypse and it is fantastic. I don’t want to say any more other than, it’s one of the best zombie stories I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot.

What one thing is guaranteed to make you watch a series no matter what?

Zombies. I love zombies. I can’t get enough of them. It doesn’t matter what medium it’s in if it has zombies, it has my attention. I will admit that I’m not too fused about cute zombies in the same way I don’t care for sparkly vampires. Zombies do not fall in love or do cute things. I’m sorry, they just don’t. They surround you, pursue you relentlessly, and once they’ve got you, they eat you!

One Piece Season 10 Zombies

What genre of anime would you like to see more of?

I think there’s a real lack of post-apocalyptic anime. Sure, there is Highschool of the Dead and School-Live (both are awesome zombie series), but there really isn’t much else. I’m not talking about shows like Dr. Stone were it’s so far past the apocalyptic event that people are rebuilding or society has recovered. I’m talking about the world crumbling around the characters as things go from bad to worse. It doesn’t have to be zombies either. I’d watch anything post-apocalyptic.

If you could visit any world (be it from anime or a book or someplace else) where would you like to go?

I’d love to visit Aincrad from Sword Art Online, although some of these newer VRMMOs are looking good, especially if the time runs at a different rate to the regular world. For example, in BOFURI a week in NewWorld Online is equal to two hours. That would be so cool to be able to spend an entire week living in a video game and it only being an hour of regular life. Think of the learning potential alone, not to mention it would be like taking a week-long vacation every evening.

What character (again from any anime, book or something else) would you most like to spend an evening with, be that going out for a drink or just chilling on the sofa with them?

For this answer, I’m going to redirect you to my short story – Isekai of the Dead. I originally wrote it as a response to my very first tag post nomination back in November 2018 and when I saw this question, I knew that it was the perfect time to bring it back from my pile of drafts. It is about 1,500 words long, so shouldn’t take long to read. Anyhow, I hope you do check it out as I had a lot of fun writing it and I also put the inspiration for the story at the bottom of the post.

And now for my Nominations!

Fruits Basket Episode 7 Shigure Hatori

And your questions are…

  1. What anime scene always gives you goosebumps every time you watch it?
  2. What was the last anime you were really excited about?
  3. What was the scariest anime you’ve seen?
  4. What is the most stressful anime you watched?
  5. Besides war and diplomacy, what would be the best way for countries to settle disputes?
  6. What do you wish someone taught you a long time ago?
  7. What incredibly common thing have you never done?

And there you have it. Those are my answers to Chris’ questions complete with a link to a short piece of fan-fiction I wrote in response to an earlier Real Neat Blog Award. Thanks for reading.

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  1. “It is about 1,500 words long, so should take long to read.”
    You underestimate my reading ability!

    Also, thanks for the nom.

    • Haha! Thanks for spotting the typo. Also there’s lots of breaks so shouldn’t be a taxing read.

      And I thought everyone on WordPress was legally obligated to nominate you!

    • No worries. I adapted some questions from a list of ice breakers to give them a bit of an anime slant. I’m looking forward to your responses.

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