It’s survey time, and I thank Ace Railgun for starting this fun activity. This post will also be added on to my About Me section. The questions start centered on anime, then move on to more personal questions. If you have any additional inquiries, please leave a comment!
- Who is your favorite male anime character?
Probably Sagara Sousuke from Full Metal Panic! This was a tough choice since I’m also a huge fan of Mushishi’s Ginko and Steins;Gate’s Okarin. But, I just had to go with Sousuke’s hilarious blend of guerilla fighter mentality and social ineptitude.
- Who is your favorite female character?
Noda “Nodame” Megumi of Nodame Cantabile. She’s got such a quirky, musical soul and would make each day more interesting than the last.
- What is your favorite anime soundtrack?
I still can’t get over the works of Joe Hisaishi in the Ghibli films Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. I spent the better part of my undergrad years studying and sleeping to those soundtracks. They get me in a calm state of mind that I find all too difficult to obtain anywhere else.
- What is your favorite anime opening + animation?
This is really tough because I am in utter love with all the OPs of the three ARIA seasons. If I had to choose, it would be ARIA the Animation‘s “Undine,” because it immediately puts me in a state of nostalgia. I also adore that the opening visuals differ from episode to episode, so I always sit through them instead of skipping like in most other anime.
- What is your favorite anime ending song + animation?
Spice and Wolf‘s “Whistling Song.” From the first time I heard it and until the first season ended, I would sit through the entire ending and sing along with the lyrics. I’m a pretty adept whistler, too, so I would whistle the melody as I went about my day. The manga stills in the ending sequence are simple, but adorable.
- What is your favorite anime scene?
Episode seven, “In That Gently Passing Time…”, of ARIA The Origination where we see how Aria-shachou became President of ARIA Company.
- If you could meet an anime character who would it be?
Balsa of Seirei no Moribito–she’s a bit of a role model for me, with her confidence, maturity, and self-control.
- What anime character is most similar to you in terms of personality?
Post-friendship Kawashima Ami, of Toradora! She gives off this mature air and usually always has some type of advice to give, whether people want to hear it or not. She also has this constant glint of mischief in her eye and doesn’t hesitate to use her knowledge to her benefit. She reminds me of my hesitation with befriending too many people, as well, as she has a very limited number of people who she can truly act herself around.
- What is your favorite thing about anime?
How diverse it is. It’s a medium that has no boundaries and continually surprises me with the new directions and interpretations that it takes. I have also met the most incredibly fascinating people through anime, both in real life and online.
- What is your least favorite thing about anime?
The stereotypes that come with it. I can’t stand how people with little knowledge of it make broad judgements of the medium and of those who enjoy it.
- Who is your favorite anime couple?
Currently, it’s Makise Kurisu and Okabe Rintarou of Steins;Gate, though I’m also a supporter of Makino and Rui of Hana Yori Dango.
- Who is your favorite anime animal?
Aria-shachou of ARIA
- What anime would make a good game?
It would be interesting to see Juuni Kokuki turned into an RPG. Because that world is so complex and filled with innumerable characters and creatures, I think the transition to game would be very easy. I’m not sure what type of art style I’d want, whether that be a more mature look like the anime, or perhaps a cuter style ala the Tales franchise.
- What game would make a good anime?
I’m with Yumeka on this one: Okami. It’s one of my favorite video games, and I would love to see an anime adaptation of it. I’m not sure how it would go over with the wolf goddess as the protagonist, but I’d be willing to see a company give it a try.
- What was the first anime you ever watched?
Spirited Away when I was a freshman in university
- Do you think you’ll ever stop watching anime?
That’s very unlikely, since anime is relatable to so many different age groups. I’ll probably always find something that I like.
- What is your favorite genre of anime?
It used to be slice-of-life, but I’ve noticed an immediate fandom of josei comedies and dramas like Nodame Cantabile, Honey & Clover, and Kuragehime. I guess you could also consider those slice-of-life.
- What is your least favorite genre of anime?
- Are you open about watching anime with people you know?
No, I’m actually very hesitant to let people know about my hobbies. I tend to put out feelers here and there with subtle references. If they react, I can then go more in depth and ask them if they watch anime. If there’s no reaction, I just let the moment pass. I’ve run across too many people in my area who have strong negative feelings towards anime, and I’d rather not get into an argument about it.
- Have you ever been to Japan?
Not yet, though I hope to some day so I can visit my past exchange student sisters.
- What anime was the biggest let down for you?
I was extremely excited for Fractale after the first episode, but as you know, things spiraled down from there.
- What anime was better then expected?
I really didn’t know what to think about Kemono no Souja, Erin when I saw the visuals, but I was hooked after the very first episode.
- What is the best anime fight scene?
The fight between Balsa and a former rival of hers in episode 13 of Seirei no Moribito. The battle is all the more compelling since it’s one that she has been avoiding but is now forced for the sake of a couple of passerby whose lives are endangered. This is the first time that we see a completely animalistic side to Balsa, where she reveals a very rare slip in her self control.
- Who is your anime waifu?
Mizunashi Akari of ARIA
- What was your favorite video game as a child?
I didn’t really play video games when I was a kid, but if I had to pick, it would probably be Donkey Kong Country.
- Most embarrassing moment?
Probably my senior year of high school and dating a friend for the sake of being in a relationship. We weren’t really attracted to each other but felt like it was the “thing to do.” I had no clue how to be in a relationship and neither did he, and we ultimately ruined our friendship.
- Can you drive? Do you own a car?
My license claims I can. And no, but I do own a truck. That’s how it’ll always be.
- Are you mature?
Yes, and no :p
- What year were you born?
- Do you prefer cats or dogs?
While I do very much like cats, I’m more of a dog person. They’re what I’ve always had growing up, and I like me a pet who I can wrap my arms around and wrestle with from time to time. Over the course of my life, I’d like to own a Bernese Mountain dog, a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, an Akita Inu, and a Great Pyrenees. Up to date, I have owned a black labrador, a yellow labrador, and a black lab/Belgian Tervuren mix.
- Describe yourself physically.
5’5″ and of medium build. I have FIlipino and Spanish blood and consider myself pretty attractive. I work out from time to time and also love me some fun clothing!
- What would you name your first child?
I used to want the name “Marina”, but as I’ve taken that as my online persona, it would feel weird to tell my future daughter that I have a whole other self with the same name. I also like the female names “Ayaka” and “Malaya”. I find it silly that I keep thinking up girl names when I would actually prefer boys, but I really don’t want to have kids for at least 5 or so years.
- What is the worst injury you have ever had?
I drowned in a pool when I was 4-years-old and had to be resuscitated and kept in the hospital for a while.
- What is your worse habit?
I’m incredibly lazy and love sleeping. I could lounge in bed all day.
- Do you drink or smoke?
I indulge in drinks now and then–my favorites include bloody mary, vodka & tonic, Corona w/ fresh lime, cabernet sauvignon, and pinot grigio.
I absolutely cannot stand the smell of cigarettes.
- Do you have a tattoo?
Nope, and I’ll never consider it. I like my skin sexy and clean.
- Are you a morning person or a night person?
I’m battling my preference for night time, since it is completely ruining my daily schedule. Don’t talk to me in the morning until after I’ve had my coffee.
- Have you ever slept past midday?
Are you kidding me? I’m the queen of sleeping in. And napping.
- Do you regret anything?
Of course I do (relationships mostly). I too often let my heart run away without my head.
- Can you count the number of friends you have on one hand?
Those I would consider close, yes.
- Do you wear glasses?
I do, though I usually only use them in the evening. I sometimes go through a couple of weeks where I wear them 24/7, usually because I’m too lazy to wear my contacts.
- Are you a picky eater?
Not in the slightest. I’ll try almost anything once, and have very few things that I dislike. I think it’d be a shame if I were a picky eater given the title of my blog >.<
- Would you die for someone?
I can’t really say without being in the actual moment.
- If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I’ve thought about this a ton before, and I always come up with different answers. They’ve included time travel, flight, body shifting, psychic abilities, among many others.
- Do you believe in the supernatural?
I’m not shut to the idea of it, but also don’t count on it being a reality.
- Would you rather be rich or famous?
Rich–you can be famous for bad things just as much as good. Plus, I wouldn’t want to deal with the paparazzi.
- Have you ever committed a crime.
Technically yes, as speeding tickets are infractions. The only other crime I’ve committed is perhaps being too darn cute…but that’s a whole different story.
Pirates or ninjas?Time Traveler or ghost?
Why would anyone want to be a ghost? The obvious answer is “time travler,” though I would prefer the Harry Potter version to the type shown in Steins;Gate.
- Does someone have a crush on you?
I would certainly hope so!
- Are you in a relationship?
We’re on six years and counting.