500 Followers Q&A Special

All of you guys are awesome. Just plain awesome. Thanks for following me and giving me a lot of questions to answer. I never expected to get 500 followers on this blog. I also got a much bigger response then I anticipated for my Q&A event and all of them great questions that I had to put a lot of thought into. Those are the best sort of questions for these kinds of things. Why? Because I think they would get the most interesting responses from me and reveal a lot from me without revealing too much, if that makes sense.

Also, I’m going to up this up for a little bit. If anyone has more questions for me, leave them in the comments section and I will do my best to answer them.

From Weekend Otaku: What exactly is “Mechanical” about your blog/reviews?

After thinking about this question for a few days, the answer that came to my mind is the person behind this blog. You know, me. In providing continent for this blog, I follow my own personal schedule for this blog that I only stray from when special circumstances happen. Things like family visits, being too exhausted to think and type after work, a random couple that show up at our house to chop down our dying trees in the backyard that leave a kid for us to babysit, or anything else out of the ordinary.

My strict schedule involves watching at least a couple of hours of anime each week day with at least an hour or two of blogging afterward. With this plan, I attempt to get three posts done for the next week. If I get each post done by Thursday, then I don’t write anything on Friday. If I don’t finish everything by Thursday, I have an extra night to finish up all my posts. Call it a failsafe. After all the posts are done, I wait until Sunday to edit and schedule each post. That way, I give myself enough time away from each post to see them completely new eyes. As you can see, this is very meticulous, calculated, and mechanical. I try to mix up the types of post I write so nothing seems mechanical though. All apart of the process.

From Zainou: What do you think the most consistently good media franchise is?

Dang, this is tough. I don’t know if I have a solid answer for this or whether not my answer makes any sense at all. The best answer I can think of either is long running through multiple iterations that can one generation can start and move backwards and forwards without ever being disappointed or is something shorter with a smaller amount of iterations that are of at least a high quality with each other.

The answer I came with for the longer and always continuing series are Hideo Miyazaki Movies. For shorter, maybe Irresponsible Captain Tylor? I can’t say Gundam or Ghost in the Shell, because they are long running and have some additions that are questionable.

From Kingdylbag13: What’s the best Gundam series in your opinion?

After giving it some thought, I like the original Gundam series the best. Not only because it started off the famous Gundam franchise, but because the story telling, the character writing, and the war drama are all top notch and beyond its time. While it is from the late 70’s and doesn’t have the best visual effects, everything else makes up for it. I liked it a lot when it was on toonami and that was the show that got me into mech anime not Gundam Wing.  I am finding more and more things I like about it as I rewatch mor and more.

From MelinAnimeLand: Name a series you didn’t expect from it but just keep surprising you.

There are quite a few of these, but the latest one is A Place Further then the Universe. What seemed like another cute girls doing cute things show turned out to be much more then that. I won’t say that it was my favorite show from Winter 2018, but this anime was a surprisingly human story about grief, youth, fun, hardships, friendships, and so much more then that. If this anime wasn’t always stepping on the gas for each of it’s emotional appeals and have more time to relax, it would be the perfect series.

From Karandi: What is your favorite mech design from any anime?

I’m cheating here because I am going with two, but I don’t care. My favorite mech designs are The Nu Gundam from Char’s Counterattack and the YF-19 from Macross Plus. Amuro Ray, the original Gundam pilot, is my favorite Gundam pilot. The Nu Gundam is piloted fourteen years after the original series and the series shows how much he’s grown since his first days of piloting a mobile suit.

The YF-19, on the other hand, one of the coolest mechs I’ve ever seen. It’s a super-fast and maneuverable experimental mech that blows away the competition. Mostly because it relies on piloting skill and not brain power like it’s competition. Just look at the mech. How many times have you seen something like that? It’s just so cool.

From Takuto’s Anime Café: Favorite physical anime collection (like bluray/DVD/LTD ED) that you own, if any.

My original release Anime Legends Gundam Wing collection from Bandai Entertainment. Not because I bought it during any special time, but because who bought it for me. My deceased brother purchased this set for me when I was very young and it was the first anime anything that I’ve ever owned. It means a lot to me and I well never, ever sell it. It’s too close to my heart.

From DerekL: What’s your third favorite anime?

This is really hard, because I am not even sure what my favorite anime right now. I’m just going to with the original Kino’s Journey right now. That seems like a natural fit. It just has a lot of things that clicks with me in the right ways, but I can think of a few others that I like more it I think. Is this confusing enough for you? It is for me. In my mind, I have a whole pool of anime that I consider equal levels of great in my mind, so I threw the mental dart three times and Kino’s Journey is where the last one landed.

From tetrax4berium: For mech anime/manga/LN series to be published in the future, would you be looking forward to 1) more Mechanical Mechs? (Completely Mechanical), 2) Biological Mechs (Non-mechanical-maybe some futuristic possibility) 3) BioSynthetic Mechs (A mix of both!)

In short, I want to see all of them. More mech anime in the future would be amazing.

To have a specific answer, I would definitely want to see more Bio mechs in the future. From all the trends I’ve seen in anime recently, 1 or 3 are not in short supply in the future, but bio mechs haven’t been touched upon that much yet. Maybe Eva, but everything else has either returned to 1 or gone to 3 since Eva. There are so many avenues that haven’t been explored with bio mechs, like using animals, growing extra limbs when they are needed in combat, growing wings to fly when necessary, and probably more things that haven’t I can’t think of and haven’t been explored yet.

From Lethargic Ramblings: What are some of your favorite manga?

I’m not much of a manga reader, but I am leaning toward Gundam: the origin and Psyren. I haven’t completed either of these yet, but I know where Gundam: the Origin is going for some reason and I really like all the things that Psyren is bringing to the table when it comes to the shonen and death game format.

From magicconan14: If you had to run a dream WordPress blog with another person or a group of people (the only prerequisite for your potential candidates is that they have to also be WordPress bloggers), who would you pick to help run it and what would you call it?

I know that this is a cheap answer, but I still believe this is the only one that would work with me. As you now, I run a very inconsistently updated podcast called the Innominate Anime Podcast and I would choose the five of those. We each have a unique approach to blogging and have different interests and dislikes, which would provide much more interesting content to people. The only title I can come up with as a title of the blog is “Variety Show Anime Blog”, which is completely original I am sure.

From Irina: What are you looking for the most in 2018?

I feel like this is an obvious answer for me, but those not in the know I am going back to school soon. It’ll only be for a semester though. So that’s my answer. I look forward to finishing my master’s degree and move away from education finally to hopefully get the job in the career field that I want.

From Remy Fool: Are there any characters you hate but also respect? Favorite OPs? EDs?

I am not one to use the word hate a lot, but there are some characters that fit the bill for me. The first one is Medusa from Soul Eater. She is evil, there is no denying that. She has done some horrifying things in the show, but her reasons are more complex then just “I want to be evil just to be evil.” I hate this character and characters like her, but you have to respect them. They can be male too. A lot of the characters from Code Geass fit this category.

Favorite OPS? Anything Jazzy really. Tank from Cowboy Bebop is an easy answer, but I love Baccano’s opening too. Onihei is another one. Also, the latest Lupin the Third opening is amazing.

EDs? The one that really speaks to me is the second ending for the first season of Gundam OO.

From Crazyidiot78: How do you determine which anime to review and discuss while trying to stay relevant?

Ok, so a completely lame answer to this one. I just watch things and write about them. I mean, I do watch seasonal shows and things that appear on Netflix and write about them, but I honestly want to be true to myself. Talking about seasonal shows and things that appear on Netflix do keep me in the realm of relevancy I suppose, but that’s not something that matters to me. There are a few things I’ve watched recently and haven’t written posts about because I don’t feel inclined to do so. There is no selected order or anything for me besides “that show sounds interesting” or “I really wanted to watch this one for a while”.

From TPAB: In 2018, would you like to see Hideaki Anno do an Evangelion spinoff? If yes, what would it be about?

Isn’t that what rebuild films are? I’m kidding, I’m kidding. I feel like that joke was completely obvious.

Do I want Hideaki Anno to do an Evangelion spin off? I’m going to go with no. Even if tons of people are waiting for 3.0+1.0 and that almost every single anime series in existence borrows from Eva (some more blatantly like Darling in the FranXX), it’s time in the sun is over. I feel like people are possibly going to do it anyway, because that’s the market we are in right now, but all it can do is take away from the original series. Just like those lame Star Wars movies like Rogue One and Han Solo which take away a lot of the magical behind the original trilogy.

From Jon Spencer: What Mech anime would you recommend me since you are the expert? What is your favorite article that you have written and why?

For a mech recommendation, Full Metal Panic would be one of them. Good on you for getting ahead of me on that. Escaflowne is another one I would recommend. Perhaps even Gurren Lagann and Eureka 7 as well. Maybe even GunXSword, which can be easily described as Trigun with mechs but is more complicated than that.

My favorite articles that I’ve written are Of Mechs and Men and the post dedicating my love to Science Fiction. I’ve put my heart and soul into those. I feel like by reading those, you are getting to know me better without getting to know me, if that makes sense.

I don’t know what to add here besides, thank you all again. As I said before, if you have any further questions, please ask them in the comment sections and I will answer them for the next week or two. Here is to 500 more followers!

Also, Happy Memorial Day!


  1. Congratulations! This was pretty fun to read.

    I would have agreed that Captain Tylor is the most consistently good, however, Galaxy Tylor from 2017 made me moved the franchise down a few pegs in my mind.

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  2. Congratulations again Scott! Thank yu so much for answering my question, even though it wasn’t anime related…
    Also “Variety Show Anime Blog” is an awesome blog name!

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  3. Awesome Scott! You got the followers and answered some amazing questions 😀

    To my answer, I actually have seen (and even reviewed) GunXSword. I thought it was really similar to a lot of older anime (as in, they mixed a bunch of shows together and got that) and kind of distracting for that reason but I did enjoy it.

    I’ve actually read your favorite articles and I enjoyed them 🙂

    Here’s to an even MORE wonderful round of 500 followers for you 😀

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    1. Thank you so much, Jon.

      OH, I guess I missed out on your GunXSword review. That sounds about where I put it.

      Thank you and I am pretty excited to see another 500 followers get around here if they have found the right spot.

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  4. Congratulations once again on 500 followers and great post with some cool answers!

    I’ve been wanting to get into gundam for a while so I saw the first movie of the 79 trilogy (I couldnt be bothered watching all 40 something episodes and they were hard to find) and I really liked it.

    I’ll probably put up a post when I finish all three.

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    1. Thank you. I hoped it wasn’t boring.

      Oh, I would definitely recommend the films over the series in a lot of ways.

      I look forward to it.


    1. I do like it quite a bit, that is true.

      Still, I have some very clear biases. I mean, I’ve read the original gundam novel just to see how the anime is different from Tomino’s original vision. I’m that obsessed with it.

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  5. Congrats on 500! I’m not much of a mech person, but Evangelion looks interesting, especially the psychological aspect of it. So here’s a question – would you start on the anime series or the movie for this?

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    1. If are interested int he psychological aspect of it, definitely the series. I am not saying that the films don’t dig into it, because they do at times, but they are definitely a more action version of Eva.

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  6. Congrats on getting those 500 followers, and thanks for answering the questions.

    You and the Innominate team have a great dynamic for sure. Considering it’s the Innominate Anime Podcast team though, it would actually make more sense to call the hypothetical blog “the Innominate Anime Blog”, come to think of it…

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  7. Thank you for answering my question—that’s definitely a special story, and it’s sets like those that make me happy and thankful to have a collection full of precious memories. Congrats again on the incredible achievement!

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  8. Sorry I missed the post Scott! Congrats on the 500 again!
    Hope everything goes well for the rest of your masters!!
    The growing of extra adaptive limbs or parts sure sounds darn interesting :), hope future creators may pick up on this.
    (And also thanks to other bloggers and yourself, those are some mech recommendations I’ll take note of too ^^)

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