Dead Monday Q&A: Third Edition—Favorite Aniblogs, Anime Comedy, and More!

So, I wasn’t planning on doing a Q&A last night, but it just sort of happened. Which is unusual. As always, thanks to everyone who asked questions! It was fun.

If you want to read more of the questions from last night or ask some yourself, check out my ask.fm page! And without further adieu, here are some of the highlights from last night.

Fairy Tail

How I felt answering some of the questions…particularly the ones about my internet love life. >.<

Q: Do you have any aniblogs in particular that you enjoy?

Enzo’s blog (http://www.lostinanime.com/) is my favorite. I love his tone, his style of writing, he generally has good taste, & I’m absolutely in awe of the prodigious rate at which he puts out material. I know he puts in almost full-time hours into maintaining the blog, which is worth appreciation/admiration in itself. I’ve also been reading him far long than I’ve been reading anyone else.

I enjoy Bobduh’s stuff, although I tend to disagree with proportionally more of his stuff than I do with most of the anibloggers I follow. Which is really good for me! It’s great to have someone like him around to stretch my perspective.

AJtheFourth‘s pieces and Frog-kun’s pieces are also amongst my favorites, and they’ve also been really nice/friendly to me on anitwitter, which, you know, predisposes me to like their writing even more. I wish they both posted more often, but they have lives and stuff.

And, of course, there are a handful of other blogs that I follow, but I don’t have the time to list them all here. I tend to follow people on Twitter if I want to keep up with their blogs, so that’s another good indicator of blogs I that I like.

Q: You seem very fond of romance and shonen series. Are you looking forward to Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso next season?

I am, yes!

On the shallower side, it’s got a cute blonde musician girl, I really liked the key visual, and I like that the character designs look a little bit shoujo.

I’m almost always up for a good romance, and the inclusion of music just makes me more excited for this one. I LOVED White Album 2 up until the final episode, and Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April—not a fan of the English title, but the Japanese is hard to remember) looks like it might have the potential to do a lot of the same things WA2 did without having the temperament to take the route that put me off of WA2. I’m also particularly intrigued by the premise. The story plot seems like something I’d enjoy and find worthwhile.

Also, I’ve heard that the source material is very good and that it is going to get 22 episodes. So yeah, I have high hopes for it!

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

Q: Do you read much manga?

No, not really, although I wouldn’t mind reading more than I do. I’ve read both the Soul Eater and Chihayafuru manga to their ends/current point, and I’ve read Pokemon Adventures (which I highly recommend, by the way) to Pearl/Diamond.

I’ve also dipped my toes into the manga that Crunchyroll has on their site, but I haven’t read a ton there. The one that I have read and enjoyed was Orange, which I’m still reading.

If I had any sort of talent for drawing, I’d be really interested in writing manga/graphic novels. I like the medium a lot and the entry barrier is much lower than it is for screenwriting. But, as is, I’m a writer and I want to write for the screen. Obviously, there are things I could learn from reading manga in terms of general storytelling craft, but watching anime/films is more along the lines of what I actually want to do with my life, so I’ll probably continue to make those the focus of my media time.

Q: What kind of comedy do you find you respond well to in anime? What kind do you really dislike?

Most anything that isn’t heavily based on sex jokes or mean-spirited.

Situational comedy, slapstick, and puns usually work really well for me. Dumb humor, you might call it. I think my favorite anime comedies (The Devil is a Part-Timer!, Working!!, Kill Me Baby, Nyarko-san, Love Lab, Tonari no Seki-kun) are probably the best representation of my taste that I can give. I do appreciate parody and satire, but usually those end up being just a tab bit too heavy in the thinking department for me to really enjoy fully as comedies.

Love Lab

Q: Do you consider yourself attractive?

If you want pictures, you’re not getting any.

Let’s just put it this way. I work out a bit.

So yeah, sure, I guess I think I’m a reasonably good looking guy—enough so that you wouldn’t guess I blog about anime just from looking at me.

Q: Have you ever had to deal with mean comments or person attack on your blog posts?

Happily, no! All the people that have come by my blog to talk to me have been super nice! ^_^

I’m not quite at the point in my aniblogging career that I have a bunch of random internet jerks wandering into my blog and criticizing my favorite shows or the way I write. I also like to think that I have pretty accessible opinions, or that I at least articulate my opinions in a way that isn’t grating or potentially offensive. I also stay pretty far away from political issues (it’s an anime blog, not a platform for me to promote my political views) both online and in real life. Considering how sensitive those topics are, I have a feeling that policy has probably averted at least a few potential attacks.

I have taken a few mean comments/personal attacks elsewhere on the internet, but I’ve actually generally been treated pretty well in the overall online madhouse.

4 thoughts on “Dead Monday Q&A: Third Edition—Favorite Aniblogs, Anime Comedy, and More!

  1. I, for one, would love to see some coverage on fanart/doujin/etc. That sort of thing is rarely ever written about on blogs, despite being such a prominent form of fan expression.

    re getting attacked for having an opinion on the Internet: It’s funny, but I’ve had limited experience of this as well. I do think being a consumer of anime (and media) is inherently political, which can lend itself to more serious areas of discussion, but so far I have not been very brave about posting my radical opinions anonymously on the Internet. Partly because it kind of sucks out the sheer fun of anime fandom at times, and partly out of fear of backlash. If you want to be a serious critic of media, the broader context is important, though – not in a deterministic “WATCHING ANIME TURNS YOU INTO AN ANTISOCIAL LOSER” sort of way, but rather in a general “this is the sort of everyday politics which has shaped this work of media and how we consume it” sort of way. I dunno, what do you think about it?

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    • I’m not quite brave enough to venture in the doujin world yet—too many experiences of doing so and then wham! H-doujins! I know that there are plenty of non-h-doujins, but I’m easily scared by such things. ^_^” But fanart I definitely would like to do.

      I do agree that consuming media is inherently political. I think, perhaps, another reason that I have not been very eager to put out any of my political opinions on the internet is that I know they would be at odds with those of the vast majority of people in the internet circles I run in. I also don’t have a lot of experience articulating my political views, and so I sort of view political discussions as a no-win zone for me right now. I only seem them as potentially damaging relationships I value, not as an opportunity in which I could really learn. So, I just keep my ears open and try to learn was much as I can. But, in the end, I don’t find politics very interesting, so I focus my attention elsewhere.

      I also agree that understanding the broader context is important for media criticism, although I will say that I definitely lean more towards textual analysis/reader-response theories than I do towards contextual ones. That being said, it’s pretty much impossible to be involved in a fandom and totally avoid industry trends (which definitely have political implications) and industry workings. It’s a sort of “I care about this type of media, so I have to care about how it’s made” deal.

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  2. Pokèmon Adventures was really good! I never read past the Ruby/Sapphire arc though. Technically the first manga I ever read. I owned most of the Red and Blue arc when I was little and Pokèmon was still all the rage. I’ll never forget the Pokèmon Tower.

    Also would definitely be interested in fanart coverage. I do like pretty pictures..

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