Oh hey, welcome to part 2 of this Q&A from the first part I posted a couple days ago. If you missed out on it, please click on this link to see part 1. You know, if you are interested. I’m still honestly astonished by how much responses I got. Especially here because there are more questions here then on twitter.
Lets just jump into this right now, ok? We’ve got lots to do and little time to do it. Or not. Depends on whether you just want to come back to this post and check out portions and such. Up to you.
If you could hang out with an anime voice actor (sub or dub) for a whole day, who would you hang out with and what things would you do?
So a small amount of a confession time, I loved hearing Crispin Freeman’s acting ever since I first heard his voice. There is just something about how he acts and embodies his characters that speaks to me. Ghost in the Shell, Wolf’s Rain, Young Justice, Promare, and whatever he’s apart of. It’s just so confident and wonderful that I can’t help myself honestly. Steve Blum is second and I’ve met him before. Nice guy.
But anyway, I would definitely like to hang out with Crispin Freeman for a day. Not just because he’s a famous voice actor with an amazing voice, but he’s one of the smartest people on the planet. He loves and studies mythology. Sometimes, he even gives lectures on it. I would simply watch a few things with him that have some aspects of mythology and philosophy, then have a discussion with him about it. Perfect way to spend a day.
What is your opinion on the direction of mech anime for the coming years?
While mecha anime doesn’t have the prominence that it had from a while ago, I feel pretty decent about it honestly. Why? Because big things like Promare, SSSS.Gridman, Code Geass, and such still have a large audience and more content is still going to be produced. Plus, famouse people are using mecha to still create some innovative anime anime. Think of Price of Smiles, Revisions, Granbelm, Obsolete, and Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE from last year. All creative works.
Plus, there is more coming soon. Why? Because Goro Taniguchi (Planetes, Code Geass, and such) and the writer of Gurren Lagen are working together to create an anime and it has to be a mecha series. Can you expect something else from them? So in general, mecha anime is still fine. Maybe not as huge as it once was, but I think there is going to be more fun things to come and I’m pretty excited about it all.
If you got the opportunity to visit an anime / manga world, which would you visit and why?
Most of my favorite manga and anime I read have some sad worlds, so I am going to have with something simple here. Hikaru No Go. So basically this world but from the early 2000’s and where Go is the greatest thing on the planet. A place where you can become a professional in it and earn money. I would love to learn how to play it better then earn money from it. My dreams are small, aren’t they?
Which mecha franchise would you say treats mecha in the most realistic way?
I’m going to go with a little bit of a cheap answer here, but anything that Ryosuke Takahashi worked on is much more realistic then anything else I’ve ever watched. So basically, Armored Trooper Votoms, Blue Gender, Gasaraki, and a few others. Each mecha in these series feel like while they are well put together, completely functional, easy to destroy, and require skill to win any battle. You know, actual real robot series. Not Gundam which is kind of sort of masquerading as real robot while it’s a super robot series with a heavy duty real robot painting coat on it.
Which anime character do you think you would be really good friends with if you met them in real life and why?
I think the person I would be good friends with, if we were the same age blah blah blah, would be Hiyori from Noragami. She’s just infinitely relatable to me and is a great character that has a lot of interests I can get behind. You know, besides deeping into the world of the gods and such. Plus, she’s infinitely kind and would listen to so many things that I would say. So thoughtful.
If you were given the authority to write the plot for an anime movie and it involved your 3 biggest interests (I’ll leave you to interpret that phrase in whatever way you like), then what would those 3 things be and how would the movie go? (So that you don’t ramble too much, you have to pitch the movie in a single sentence.)
In Robo Karuta, characters train hard to play Karuta in an extra dimensional space time using Mecha or else the demons will eat them. Hope that sounds interesting enough, haha.
What is one post of yours that you wish got more love, deserved more views?
Let’s go with my regular Dragon Ball Super retrospectives for this. I spent a lot of time in November putting my opinions about separate arcs together and while the first post went well, the others kind of flopped. I wish those did a little better, but I understand why still. Also, my Char’s Counterattack post which actually did pretty well, but I would have liked it to do a little better.
… … … Also why aren’t you #Team Sekai?
I think I’m on team stay away at this point. Nobody looks good in the current School Days situation.
What cross-over would you like to see?
I feel like a lot of people are expecting me to put together some epic fight from a giant robot sort of fight to blow the heavens up, but nah. Let’s do something softer and different. I would like to see Chihaya from Chihayafuru, Hikaru from Hikaru no Go, and Rei from March Comes in a Lion to talk shop about where they are and what they’ve learned since they started. I can’t help but think that there would be a lot to discuss here and their worlds could technically be the same one too. Kind of cool, I think. Once again, my dreams are small.
You have to do some type of performance (singing, dancing, acting, whatever), but you get to team up with any anime/manga character (or group). What are you going to do and with whom?
I would love to put together some sort of Tower of Power sort of anime like performance, so how about Nana Osaki and her band from Nana, then Reina the trumpet player, Kumiko the Euphonium Player, and then other tuba and bari sax players from Hibike! Euphonium and create a fun band. I would play trumpet too. Probably second trumpet, haha. I think this result would be pretty great.
If you could change any big event in an anime that you’ve seen, what would you change and why? It could be a minor change like perhaps adding a character into an arc or something really big like changing the resolution of an event.
I keep thinking about the finale conflict in the Zamasu/Goku Black arc of Dragon Ball Super and it ended with some kind of literal Dues Ex Machina Zeno. I’m not sure how I would completely change it, but I don’t like that ending. I want our crew to win this fight by themselves instead of calling a god to do it. That way, future trunks’ world doesn’t have to be reset and the resolution would be the same. That last part of the arc was such a mess.
If you could throw in the main character of one anime into a different show, which combination would have the most interesting premise for you? (For example, putting in Senku as the lead in Full Metal Alchemist or having Kino try to survive the Black Lagoon show)
I first want to say that Kino wouldn’t have to try to survive in Black Lagoon. Especially the 2003 one considering that they had five different weapons on them at all times and was incredibly skilled at weaponry. They would honestly own.
But anyway, My dreams are so boring apparently. I would insert Hikaru from March Comes in a Lion series and that would be about it honestly. It could be pretty much the same series except Hikaru is learning to play Shogi instead and Sai would be continually confused about why he’s summoned there. I would watch it.
Which anime mech do you really want to pilot?
Despite my fear of heights, I would love to pilot the Escaflowne. You know, unless it goes into complete berserker mode where the damage to the mecha damages me. Yeah, not doing that. The Escaflowne is one of the most beautiful mecha in existence, moves incredibly gracefully, and it has a transforming where it turns into a dragon and flies. How cool is that?
How has blogging changed your life?
While blogging takes a lot of work and can take up a lot of my life, it has also given me a vocal point and foundation for my life. I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow or next week, so I have it and anime watching to center my life around and ground. Doing it really helps me to calm down, relax, and focus. It’s a little bit of a self therapy session every time I sit down and start typing. Plus, I don’t know how to relax and do nothing because I might be a little bit of a workaholic. I’ve been like this my entire life.
Any New Tips That Can Help a New Guy Like Me?
The first one is finding a blogging circle so you at least have other people to read, comment on your posts, and even give you a push when you need it. I think you did that already, so you should be fine in that department.
My second bit of advice is finding a minimal writing schedule that you can do and post on without pushing yourself too hard. Then add to it if you feel like you have enough time and energy to do it. That’s the largest thing I emphasize. Pace yourself. Going all out and posting once a day is a hard ordeal and a lot of bloggers I’ve seen do that eventually burn out and stop posting. Or you know, post inconsistently. Very few people can post once a day. Very few bloggers have been able to post daily for years. Gah. That’s so hard. They are all is so good and efficient. I’ve never tried doing it for longer stretches of time and most likely never will.
Other then that and working hard to improve your next post a little bit from the last one, it’s all about luck really. People grow their blog at different rates. I know that I’m not the fasting growing blog because some people who started around the same time I did (Karandi) has grown much faster then me. Just keep going and it should work out. While doing it, post whatever you like, because then you will enjoy it a lot more then when you post for views. It’s blogging after all, and it should be the blog you want. Not the blog everyone else wants.
How do you deal with anime/manga Burn Out?
I’ve never had a complete anime burn out ever honestly, though there has been plenty of times when I’ve had some watching slow downs. You know, where I would watch it still because it’s my life blood now, but I would start reading and watching other things that are netflix. You know, live action series that I’ve been missing out on. There is just something refreshing from watching something different for a while, then digging right back into anime mostly refreshed.
What do you know more better about blogging now than when you first started out?
For the most part, the biggest thing I’ve learned is knowledge. I still don’t think I know what I’m doing most of the time, but that’s decreased a little bit here and there. Still on that searching for what a perfect blog and blog post looks like train that I won’t get off until I stop blogging. Don’t know when that will be at the moment, but I’m hoping to be around for a few more years.
The main things I’ve learned are centered around me though. I’ve learned how to blog at a somewhat consistent pace, how to post what I want to post instead of going for what is popular (though the episodic seasonal posts have been half and half in that regard because I do like writing them and they are somewhat in style), and have fun doing it. There is no point in blogging if you aren’t having fun other then venting perhaps. It’s been four years and I still am doing it for me. Somehow, other people have come along for the ride which stuns me and makes me smile everytime I think about it.
Is there a mecha anime you’ve been looking forward to watching in the next year?
Oh yes, of course there is. The major one I’m looking forward to is the first part of the Hathaway’s Flash mini series which has a first installment appears later on this year. On a similar vein, I’m also looking forward to finally watching Xabungle all the way through. It’s a Tomino mecha anime that’s been sitting on my shelf for too long and it seemed pretty fun. Just need to get to it.
Is there a post you’ve always wanted to write but some reason never got to?
Yes! I wanted to write a review thing for O Maidens In Your Savage Season and I haven’t yet because I find the subject matter is so beyond me. Beyond me enough that it’s far off to space while I’m just a worm in the ground crawling around in the dirt. Why? Because O Maiden’s subject matter is about female sexual awakening in high school, the difference between love and lust, and such. As a male, a bad romantic, and someone who is leaning in the direction of being ace, I don’t relate to this at all. Since that is the case, I find it hard to think and write about.
I’m still gathering my thoughts on the topic at hand here, though I am think I found a way to do this maybe. It’s not going to be a review thing, but a comparison to another series that we’ve been watching for #AniTwitWatches. How the post will be written is differently, but I think it would get across what I wanted to get across. Hopefully. We shall see. Maybe I will have another answer to your post soon enough.
Sort of an inverse of Sheazer’s question, is there an anime mech that you’d really hate to pilot? Something you’d think would be too taxing to control, too impractical/weak, or too embarrassing?
Oh, I’ve got a pretty easy answer to this one. Any mecha series that involves me physically piloting the mecha in a little chamber room belongs in this list. Whether through pure guts or actually fighting someone, it would be hard to do for an extended amount of time. I may possibly be in the best shape in my life right now, I’m not a shonen action hero. That’s a goal to fight for, not actually happen.
Some examples of these mecha are the mecha from G Gundam, Takuto and other Galactic Bishonen mecha in Star Driver, the animal shaped mecha in Planet With, and such. Yeah, I would probably die in seconds. Too much training and control for those things to actually function.
What Question Would You Like To Be Asked?
How are you doing today? It’s a simple question that can mean much more then you would think.
Do you have a favorite mecha design? Or do you have a particular artist whose mecha designs you hold in higher regard than others? Or, I suppose, a series where you love the mecha design above all others?
A tough question, but I feel like Shoji Kawamori is my favorite mechanical designer. Why? Because he finds so many ways to make transforming mecha work. You can look at his work from Macross, Escaflowne, Gundam (where his mecha didn’t transform, but were cool), all the way to his latest work Last Hope. The guy just has a love for what he does (because he’s played with legos in front of a panel for a convention recently, and just has a passion for what he does and what he wants to do. Also, his mecha are just really cool and unique. Each mecha he’s made have some familiarity with each other, but are unique for their specific series and their style.
Look up his work, he’s created more things then you would probably know. The guy is like a workaholic.
I suppose I’ll ask you about what video games you’ve enjoyed in the past since you don’t really talk about that sort of thing much.
Oh yeah, I suppose I don’t talk a lot about games because I barely play any games anymore. I have been playing Pokemon Sword since Christmas and it’s been a lot of fun, but that’s the first real game that I’ve played for a while. I hope that getting a Switch Light for Christmas helps me change that a little bit, but we shall see about that.
So with that, I’ve liked a lot of video games that you probably expect me too. Skyrim, Armored Core 2, and Armored Core 2: Another Age, the original Star Wars Battlefront 2, and such. I’ve also really liked the first game from the Tomb Raider Reboot series (because I haven’t played the others), and what I’ve played from Alien Isolation. It’s really hard for me to get into video games because they require patience and I really don’t have anymore.
Thank you for reading my responses everyone. There is so many of them that I had to put tons and tons of thought into and it’s surprising. Don’t forget to also follow these awesome bloggers who asked me questions too. Each one deserves a follow if you haven’t yet.