I wanted my next post to be about One Punch Man so I’d have all three of my stickied posts feature a screenshot from the show but Medieval Otaku nominated me for the Sunshine Award and … wait, I just had a good idea … continuing, Medieval Otaku is a great blog that I like to read. As a Roman Catholic, I enjoy reading a quality written blog that adds Catholicism into the mix of covering anime – I have never had the guts to do it much myself because I think I might have poor impulse control when discussing religion since we’d be dealing with something truly important (a person’s soul as opposed to anime) and I want my blog to remain a place that’s civil.
I also thought the questions were good ones so here we go …
Three Rules of the Sunshine Awards
- Extend thanks to your nominator
- Answer the questions provided
- Nominate other bloggers (the number is of your choosing), notify them, and generate some questions for them
Medieval Otaku’s questions:
1) Does any anime remind you of your favorite author’s books?
Since I have a watch of favorite authors, I’ll pare the answer to just two. The first author, J.R.R. Tolkien, is primarily known for what he called medieval romances – The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings. To remind me of his work, a work needs to show a crazy attention to detail in creating the setting, characters, and story with the result being something that feels completely real. There is only one anime that has done this for me and that’s Hunter x Hunter. I can think of no better complement for Hunter x Hunter then that – it reminds me of Tolkien’s works, so we’ll leave it at that.
The second author is Neil Gaiman. My favorite book of his is American Gods. One of the ideas in this book is that whenever a person worships a god it causes a physical representation of that god to be created and/or sustained in that country. This includes intangibles like the gods of media, looking like TV anchorpersons, and of technology, looking like socially awkward nerds. This is similar to what is found in Shinto and thus, I see a very similar idea in many anime such as Natsume’s Book of Friends and Kamichu!.
2) Who is your favorite philosopher?
I don’t have one.
There are certainly philosophers that are worthy of respect but I view the profession with a degree of mistrust, much like I do lawyers, because of the degree of atrocities attributed to various “enlightened” philosophies and that clouds my ability to have a favorite philosopher. An example of this, on a smaller and more personal level, is that I know of no living Jesuit that I would trust my soul to or accept what they say as “wise” unless they were quoting – and quoting completely – from someone I already trust.
I am also more interested in what you do with a philosophy and the people willing to defend the truth found amongst these philosophies. John Locke could be a candidate for “favorite political philosopher” but I’d rather study and defend the government that the Founding Fathers created after being influenced by him from the ill-conceived and wrong philosophies that seek to mutilate a great country to fit a mold that has only produced miserable, failing or failed countries.
3) What is your favorite anime?
Hunter x Hunter, see question 1. To be more precise, the 2011 version of this anime – I haven’t seen the original 1999 version. If I wanted to continue the comparison between Tolkien and it, I’d liken watching Hunter x Hunter as being similar to starting from the light-hearted beginning of The Hobbit and continuing through to the end of The Lord of the Rings. I’m closing in on having watched 1000 anime and I strongly suspect I will never find another anime that will be able to eclipse it.
4) Why did you start blogging?
There were various reasons that helped contribute to my starting an anime blog with the simplest being that I liked anime, had no one locally to talk to about it, and forum posting wasn’t enough. The reason I continue to blog about anime is that I discovered that blogging forced me to ask myself “Why did I like this anime?” and finding the answers deepened my love of the art form and pushes me to continue writing.
5) What’s your favorite hobby?
My second favorite hobby might just be writing holiday themed Dungeons and Dragons adventures. The latest was for a family picnic on Labor Day. It featured the line, “I don’t know nothing about birthing no babies!” as well as asking the players to pick sides in a labor dispute between Dwarven miners and the mine owners. The ruthlessness at which my family members attacked each other at the end was pretty awe-inspiring.
My favorite hobby is reading. Growing up, the eldest of six siblings, I was always a reader – I had to be. The rule for the TV was that the youngest person in the room got to decide what was on the TV and Al Gore hadn’t invented the internet yet and living in a rusting steel city meant the neighborhood was mainly filled with older people who didn’t want to flee to the suburbs. After a brief fling with fantasy that culminated with my first reading of The Lord of the Rings in fourth grade and then a couple year detour through military history books – primarily WWII – I ended up reading almost exclusively science fiction till the present day.
I’m not going to pick any blogs to nominate for The Sunshine Award but if anyone reading would like to answer these questions consider yourself nominated and feel free to answer away.
1) What anime most disappointed you the second time you watched it? And which most surprised you?
2) Would you rather have a great cast of characters or a great plot in an anime?
3) Which anime would you enjoy most living in, not as the main character but as one of the background people?
4) What anime is, in your opinion, the most criminally under-appreciated anime by supposedly “knowledgeable” anime fans?
5) Which anime are you most angry at yourself for liking?