The Sunshine Award – Couretsy of Inifinitemirai

So I was nominated by infinitemirai from The Infinite Zenith blog to partake in the Sunshine Award. I haven’t done anything like this before since I’m pretty new to the Anime-blogging community considering the real time that I’ve spent on this site (something akin to 3 months) opposed to the time I started which is about a year ago. Anyway I would like to extend my thanks to Infinitemirai for giving me both the opportunity to do something like this and also for giving me a reason to stretch these rested writing fingers of mine.

Here are the rules – courtesy of infinitemirai

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So with that said, let me commence the answering of the questions!

What factors motivated you to begin writing about anime in your blog?

My motivations can be summarised into three main passions: my passion for English/Media, Anime and expression.  I’m coming to the end of my adolescence and so it’s about time I take up the duty to find where I’m supposed to go in life. Although I’ve yet to find the answer – and only god knows if I ever will – but one thing’s for sure: I love media. I would like to study it at university and I would love to position myself somewhere with a media career.  In order to do this I’ve taken the liberty to juggle with the different aspects of media as much as I can so I can make a choice in what I truly want to do. Therefore one of my main reasons for blogging is to build up experience in the field while I’m young in the most fun way I can – by talking about my other passion, Anime! Of course I love anime and I love the discussions that I can have pertaining to it. Therefore it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the third factor is in fact, expression, a word which I hold dearly. Where I come from, a lot of people love their sports and pop culture (the intro to many anime fan’s reason I assume) whilst I do not. I needed a place to express myself without restraint and without consequence and that place turned out to be here; the internet! I will say that I don’t necessarily keep my fan-ness a secret from people, however in social situations it just makes more sense to avoid the impulse to insert a reference at any good opportunity I have so I do it here because you guys will laugh. Right??

What aspects (for instance, story, artwork, voices) constitute a masterpiece anime in your opinion?

I think that the idea of calling an anime a masterpiece implicitly relies on the time period at which the show has come from. New anime fans who are accustomed to High definition and quality animation tell me that they just can’t watch Code Geass because the animations too poor. As anime advances with the times, it can become more difficult to watch a show and not get distracted by the clear technological difference between older anime and new ones. As ashamed as I am to say it, even I find it difficult to watch the highly acclaimed Cowboy Bebop because of the technological quality. Therefore I think there needs to be a distinction between what the question proposes: a “masterpiece anime” with what I think are “masterpieces of their time”. I feel like a masterpiece is timeless, something that doesn’t get out dated by technological changes, something artistic and outstanding among the other’s. This means that it would have to excel in a particular factor to where it overshadows ALL anime from past to present. This is just a theory of mine as I haven’t seen enough anime to know whether or not such a show exists already or not. But I have a feeling that factors like voices and animation quality – the cosmetic factors – are less likely to constitute a masterpiece because they will always be advancing– and a “master” cannot be advanced. Therefore it has to be an accumulation of masterful writing, character development and maybe artistic style that creates a masterpiece. Note I said artistic style rather than animation – a masterful style can be done without a high budget – look at Ping-Pong the animation.

If you recognise a region in an anime, would you be interested in visiting that location?

Of course!  There are so many regions in anime I would love to visit. I’m not sure if the question pertains to places in anime that already exist, or fictional places so I’ll answer the latter very briefly and the former in a bit more detail.

Fictional Regions I want to visit: Kanto in Pokémon, Saboady Archipelago in One Piece (because Rayleigh and Supernova’s), from Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood’s Amestria.

Ok there are definitely loads more, but those one’s literally sprung to mind – literally since I was looking at my anime collection for reference.

Anyway the place I would love to visit in anime has to be the hostess of anime merchandise, the Japanese anime culture fan’s dream place… AKIBAHARAAA. Yes, I would like to visit a place in anime that is also a place for anime. How ironic. I was first notified of its existence by watching Oreimo. One of my most memorable scenes in the series was watching Kyouske take Kirino to Akibahara for the first time and she shouts “Akibahara!” Since then I’ve felt a sense of romance in the idea of visiting this sacred place.

If you have attended an anime convention, what would you suggest to first-time attendees? If not, will you consider attending one?

This question is very similar one of my previous posts on the blog in which I talk about my time at London Anime and Gaming convention with my friend who had his first time at a con. In retrospect my “top tips and tricks” for him was to bring a large enough sum of that super important pound sign, dollar, the P’s, the cash –you know what I mean, the money! And at the time I suppose it was important when I first went to MCM Comic Con. However I think money is only a necessity if you don’t want to socialise and have lots of fun… You don’t need money for that. Being the introvert I was, I mainly stuck with my group of friends when I was at MCM for the first time, but in the very daunting moment when I lost my friends while there, I walked around for stuff to buy (while frantically looking for my friend). The next time I went to a Con, I had grown a little – I chatted to a couple beautiful cosplayers, shared anime banter with strangers, entered tournaments and more! All of sudden, even though I brought more money than I had last time, what I really got out of the convention was a grand old time socialising. I suppose the question proposed said tips as in multiple; however I think the best thing to do is to go to a con with as open of a mind as possible. That way you won’t treat the other visitors as customers at the shop your buying from, but more as guests of a big party who are open to conversation and banter about what we all love…Anime!

What are your opinions on anime reaction blogs, whose sole purpose is to posit a controversial opinion for the sake of increasing their readership?

As someone new to the anime blogging community, I feel like my opinion holds a bit less legitimacy than that of a veteran member because I’ve viewed less blogs. However, I have been around the anime and gaming community for a long time and I think the concept of the blogs described are very similar to the many Youtube channels and websites I’ve viewed. My opinion on this? I take it with a very minuscule grain of salt. But this mainly lends to my past of falling for click baitey content for such a long time and eventually becoming numb to it’s effect. Since I started managing my own blog and various other media platforms, I kind of understand the feeling of wanting to boost one’s viewership – no matter how in-genuine the means at which one does it is. Although I’ve never actually succumbed to that feeling myself since it is a feeling that comes second to my genuine passion for anything I talk about. Anyway, when I first learned of such content, I admit I felt very annoyed and cheated. Often I would slam on a dislike button (if it was available on the platform). I will say though, I found that it was at these click baity places that I felt most involved in the community. It was a riot – literally, a place where a group of triggered fans run rampart against a common enemy. And when the mastermind was exposed, I suppose satisfaction was felt.

Those were some really difficult questions but fortunately I managed to get through them. Once again thank you Infinitemirai for nominating me – much appreciated.

As for who I’ll be nominating well I dont know many blogs but…

I nominate TheOtakuJudge and Daily Anime Art to answer the following questions:

If you could meet any anime character in real life who would it be?

If anime is one of your most consumed forms of media, what sets it apart from other media that you could be consuming?

What are your motivations behind blogging

What is your guilty pleasure anime?

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3 thoughts on “The Sunshine Award – Couretsy of Inifinitemirai

  1. On the whole, an excellently-worded post that offers great insights. Now, for some of my own remarks: I wholeheartedly concur with the notion that masterpieces can be difficult to define, and that some older anime can be a little jarring in places to watch. With that being said, it adds to the charm (similar to how Tetris for the original GameBoy can hold its own against modern AAA games), so ultimately, it’s how well the anime plays to a particular strength (for instance, conveying a specific idea, causing an audience to empathise with the characters, etc) that makes the masterpiece.

    For anime conventions, I’ve only been to a handful and only carried a small sum of money. Most of the best memories were from experiences, such as the maid cafes and autograph sessions, so beyond the initial entrance fee, plus a few dollars here and there for a Gundam model, it is definitely possible to have a phenomenal time.

    As for the last bit, I find that the weight or legitimacy of an anime opinion is less influenced by experience in the community, and more so by commitment to exploring and considering different ideas: your thoughts and ideas are no less relevant than the opinions at Anime News Network. Admittedly, my question was motivated by a particularly unsavoury rant about why the K-On! movie was terrible: in my own haste to crush the fellow’s argument, I gave his site some undeserved traffic in the process. Consequently, I’ve never been compelled to click on those links: controversial opinions do not merit traffic if their intended purpose is not to trigger discussion. Granted, I’ve personally written some more controversial pieces (here’s one, and here’s another), but both instances were motivated by a wish to get an opposing viewpoint out into the open. One of my personal dislikes (and it may be to my detriment) is when people blindly agree with or follow others without a solid rationale for doing so.
    Regarding boosting viewership, one of my fellow bloggers, NinetyBeats of Ninety’sBlog has written about techniques on how to improve (his techniques involve diversifying, writing specialised and unique content, and most importantly, connecting with the viewers). This sort of thing is the honest way of doing things, and allows a blog to endure longer (as opposed to a blog whose traffic is built off of shortcuts and quickly lose their readers when no one is interested in their content). I personally use a variety of methods, and my favourite is to draw particularly strange connections (say, between Shirobako and Batman Begins!) in my discussions. I thank you for taking the time to present about yourself, and look forward to your continued presence in anime blogging!

    • After reading this I’m starting to reconsider about what I said about anime masterpieces a bit. The first time I read your question I was going to mention how I found it very awkward to answer because the only anime that I * considered* masterpiece worthy had consisted of about two shows – one of those were Code Geass. Personally I choose to decline giving it the status of a masterpiece because I feel uncomfortable with my anime backlog’s quantity. When I listen to critics like the cast of Podtaku for example, I feel more like a student to the media rather than a battle ready critic that I see them as. I purposely choose not to call particular shows that I’ve enjoyed a lot “a masterpiece” because I feel like the only reason why the word “masterpiece” even comes to mind is because they’ve already said it. It is that tendency that led me to dodge the question with a more theoretical response rather than answer it with a definitive answer because well…. I just don’t have an answer yet. The theory mainly came from my experience with people telling me they don’t like Geass “cuz it don’t look good” for example. That type of repetitive feedback is somewhat of an attack on my confidence in Geass being as good as I think it is -considering I watched it on release and so was used to the animation since it was the norm at the time. Perhaps a masterpiece shouldn’t become outdated ? I really don’t know. Not yet anyway

  2. 1. Holo from Spice and Wolf. Not only is she easy on the eyes, but her skills would be handy for starting my own business. Working for myself would beat my current lousy job.

    2. My love of anime stems from the cool art style and the quirky story lines, which are very different to what we get in the West.

    3. I blog to meet like minded people and because I have always enjoyed writing reviews.

    4. Pretty much any fan service heavy show I have given a positive review to is a guilty pleasure.

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