Liebster Award Nomination

liebsterI was recently surprised to learn that I had been nominated for a Liebster Award. Frankly I hadn’t even realised that the competition was open (or for that matter existed), so this is completely unexpected. The rules apparently are to answer the questions posed, nominate up to 11 other blogs with less than 1000 followers, and pose 11 questions for those nominees to answer. So let’s get that underway.


First things first: I would like to thank justanotheranimefan for choosing my blog. If you have an interest in anime reviews, you owe it to yourself to check the site out. The real honour is being nominated for a Liebster, of course, and to receive the nomination from such a source immensely increases that honour.

1. What song/album have you been compulsively listening to for the last few days/weeks/months?

I haven’t been listening to a lot of music lately, but when I do it’s often music without lyrics. I especially like music from the group Two Steps From Hell, which is often used in movies and is guaranteed to make anything you do at least 2000% more epic. You could be making an omelette, and it still feels like you’re ready to kick more ass than 300 Spartans with machineguns and a crate of arrow-repellant. Seriously, just listen to this while you’re folding your laundry. You’re welcome.

2. What was your favourite subject at school, and were you good at it?

English, and yes I was. I wish I had taken that ability and made the most of it starting then, instead of spending so much time trying to do other things (mostly not so well). Still, as they say, experience is what you get after you need it.

3. If humans colonised another planet, would you move to it, or stay on Earth?

I… I don’t know. I like my civilised comforts. Indoor plumbing, warm soft fabrics, electricity and appliances to use it… they all make things a lot nicer, y’know? Having a good internet connection makes a wealth of information and entertainment available at any moment you wish too, and none of that would be easy to give up.
But.
But. I think it’s pretty clear that whatever problems were involved with living on another planet, a lot of them would at least be different from those we encounter in our daily lives here on Earth. And the promise of alien skies is hard to resist. If I could choose to go once the colony had some civilised infrastructure in place, I just might.

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4. When was the last time you ate chocolate?

<checks clock> About four minutes ago. Furuta-brand chocolates, with a creamy filling. They were delicious.

5. Are there any objects that you collect? How did that start?

I don’t collect anything simply for the sake of doing so, although I’ll admit that the temptation exists. These days I don’t really have the space or money to indulge such habits. That being said, I do have a tendency to go a bit overboard with my hobbies when opportunity permits, and one such hobby was miniature wargaming. Packed away in boxes I have a large number of 6mm and 3mm models, and I discovered too late that I rather enjoyed painting them and creating little dioramas. Does that count?

6. What’s a little-known film/book that you think everyone needs to experience?

It’s not exactly little-known, but The Mote In God’s Eye (by Larry Niven) is one of the best sci-fi books I’ve ever read, and I think it tends to be underappreciated. There are many things I like about it, but one of the best things is that it features aliens that are genuinely alien, in that they think as well as humans but differently, at a fundamental level. Despite that they remain comprehensible and even sympathetic, and I see very few stories that manage this difficult feat. If someone announced their intention to only read one sci-fi book and then judge the whole genre based on it, this is what I would suggest.

7. Do you have a favourite AMV or MV?

I’m presuming MV means music video, and yes I do. It introduces nineteen different continuities in a dizzying number of combinations, and despite the fact it goes through most of them in about 200 seconds it always makes sense. More planning and careful execution went into this than my entire university career, and the results speak for themselves. Next time anyone says they can’t do anything worthwhile with three minutes and twenty-eight seconds, show them this.

8. Are there any foreign shows (excluding anime) that you got hooked on? (By foreign, I mean foreign language).

No. I watch surprisingly little TV to start with, and although there have been a few foreign-language movies that I liked I haven’t come across any series that I wanted to dive into.

9. What is your favourite muffin flavour?

Is there a better flavour than white chocolate and raspberry? I think not.

10. What is the geekiest thing you’ve ever bought/done?

That is very difficult to answer, because a lot of geekery I keep to myself. I think proudly displaying the figurine that came with a computer game, and even incorporating it into tabletop games comes pretty close, though.

11. Is there an article on your blog that you’re particularly proud of? If so, please link it and explain why. 

I’ve only barely made it into double figures of blog posts, so there isn’t a huge selection to choose from. Nonetheless, I think that my article about the “used future” is pretty good. It applies to a wide variety of media, from writing to games and TV shows; it touches on things I feel are important; and simply in terms of being well-written I think its one of the better pieces I’ve put up so far.

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With all that out of the way, now its my turn for nominations. And, as it happens, both of my nominees are also based in Japan.
Alex Hurst blogs mostly about writing and Japan, but would be worth reading on any subject. Her articles on writing I have found particularly interesting, but she also inspired me to visit Fushimi Inari on a recent visit to Kyoto.
Otaku Lounge also covers life in Japan, but adds a hefty helping of pop culture, anime and other essential geekery. If there’s one blog you can go to for all your entertainment needs, this is the one. Absolutely worth checking out.

And now for the questions…
1. Does your blog’s name have any special meaning?
2.
What is the last non-anime TV show that you watched?
3. What is your favourite colour, and what sound do you think it makes?
4. Which actor plays you in the movie of your life?

5. Who directs the movie of your life?
6. Which group/artist provides the soundtrack for the movie of your life?
7. If you could play any musical instument that you don’t currently, which would it be?
8. What is the worst anime you have ever seen?
9. What matters most to you when watching a TV show, anime or not?
10. Do you ever write fiction? Why or why not?
11. What is your favourite anime of all time, and why is it Usagi Drop?

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About Dr. J.H. Watson

I’m a New Zealander, in my 30s, and until recently I lived in rural Japan. I have interests in history, pop culture, video games, and the clever use of language.
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7 Responses to Liebster Award Nomination

  1. These are some great answers!

    I loved Heart of Courage, might have to check out more of the group’s music. I also loved the MV… so chaotic by the end, but so clever!

    I don’t usually read sci-fi (actually, the only science fiction book I’ve read is “Logan’s Run”), but The Mote in God’s Eye looks pretty interesting, I’ll have to see if I can get my hands on it!

    Also I’m pretty sure orange and poppy-seed beats out white chocolate and raspberry 😉

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    • Two Steps From Hell have some great tracks – if you have time, also check out “Fire Nation”, “Jump”, “Sky Titans”, and “Undying Love”. If anyone makes a movie of my life, I want some of this in the soundtrack.

      I would lend you my copy of Mote, but its packed away in a box somewhere. Niven & Pournelle are examples of the white, male, conservative, technocratic demographic in scifi authorship. I don’t mean that as criticism, but it would put a lot of people off these days. However they CAN and DO write a damn good story, if you can swallow the politics implicit in some of them, and I think Mote is one of their best. If you prefer fantasy, you could do a lot worse than check out “The Magic Goes Away”. A very interesting take on magic and alternate history.

      Orange and poppy-seed? Oh well, all great heroes have a tragic flaw.

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      • Thanks for the recommendations, I’ll have a look at the songs!

        I studied English Lit. and Science Fiction/Fantasy texts at uni, I’m pretty sure I can handle the white, male, conservative, technocratic demographic 😉

        Such a good comeback about the muffin flavour, I have nothing to say 😦

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        • Sounds like you can handle them perfectly well! There’s a lot to get out of them in my opinion, and there’s also nothing wrong with enjoying a story as a story. Hope you enjoy what you find.

          As for muffin flavours, flaws are one of the things that make characters relatable and engaging. Everyone is the hero of their own story, after all, and you’ve just made yourself a more interesting one!

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  2. Alex Hurst says:

    I’m at work, so can’t listen to the music videos yet, but I am very excited to dive in! It sounds like our music tastes are very similar. I love writing to OSTs. Maybe we can exchange playlists in the future. 😀

    Thank you very much for the nomination! That is very kind. I will put a post up soon (I hope) answering your questions. 🙂 You totally deserve the nomination. ^_^

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    • You’re welcome, and thank you for the kind words! I look forward to seeing your answers…

      Most people I talk to raise their eyebrows (often literally) when they discover my tastes in music, so I’m aware it’s not exactly ISO-9001 compliant. Still, it works for me… and as you say, it can help with writing too. I’d be interested to learn what makes it onto your playlists.

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