Unfortunately, due to some personal issues that I’ve been dealing with in light of recent events, I haven’t been able to muster up enough energy to write down a post on a topic that I usually enjoy writing about, such as a typical Anime Review or a St. Pius V Corner discussion about Catholic themes in anime or whatnot; don’t even think of asking me to write a Convention Tales post right now. However, I would like to take this moment to catch up on some posts that have been awaiting my address for a while now, and what better time than now to take it easy and play with some award posts? 🙂
To start things off, today I’m going to be talking about a particular award that not one, but two bloggers; from Ospreyshire’s Realm and ThatRandomEditor have provided me with. The award in question is Okoto Enigma’s Mystery Blogger Award. I’d like to say thank you to both these bloggers for having provided me this fun award, and I would like to give utmost glory to God for keeping me inspired and raring to work this blog.
1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
2. List the rules
3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
4. Mention Okoto Enigma, the creator of the award and provide a link as well
5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
9. Share a link to your best post(s)
THREE THINGS ABOUT MYSELF
- In my personal life, two figures that have shaped who I am / aspire to be include the following:
- French emperor and military figure Napoleon Bonaparte. I was enamored by his successes and his perseverance in battle; barring his personal beliefs, I try to imitate his attitude of being the best that he can be when I’m tackling anything.
- Austro-Hungarian emperor Charles Habsburg, who reigned in the final years of World War I. What really inspired me about this person was his deep devotion to God, and how his Catholic faith influenced many of the legislative decisions that he promulgated during his short reign. Even though he lost his earthly crown, I’m confident that the crown he received in Paradise will be 100 times more than what he held here.
- Ever since I was a child, I have had a great distaste for celery. Even the smell of it is enough to make me gag, and to this day I like to think that I myself have an allergic aversion to celery, despite assertions to the contrary.
- I don’t play that much video games, but when I do, one game that I enjoy playing in particular is Super Mario Strikers for the Nintendo Gamecube, in which characters from the Super Mario franchise take the field and duke it out in a game of soccer, featuring exploding turtle shells, bombs, fiery soccer moves and Bowser wreaking havoc, which I like to call, John Cena.
Q&A PART 1: THATRANDOMEDITOR’S QUESTIONS
What advice can you give to new bloggers? I’ve answered this question in a previous post of mine, but I’ll reiterate them here just for the heck of it: start early, organize your posts, be charitable in your language, and always understand what you’re going to write about. How you write reflects the type of person you are, and it’s best that your blog reflect your best personality than your worst.
Do scores matter in enjoying a series? I’m a doubting St. Thomas myself; unless I see the series for myself and experience it firsthand, I don’t believe what others say about it. Especially considering that everyone’s opinion on how good a particular series is subjective to their own tastes. Examples of these in action that I can think of include Guilty Crown, an anime which I thought was gonna be good despite the objections of many, and turned out to be horribly wrong; No Game No Life, which I found awful despite its humongous popularity.
Which is better, legal distribution or piracy? The software developer inside me says that legal distribution is the way to go.
What is anime for you? I will reiterate the first few paragraphs of Pope Pius XII’s encyclical, Miranda Prorsus to describe how I feel about anime:
Those very remarkable technical inventions which are the boast of the men of our generation, though they spring from human intelligence and industry, are nevertheless the gifts of God, Our Creator, from Whom all good gifts proceed: “for He has not only brought forth creatures, but sustains and fosters them once created”.
Of these inventions, some increase and multiply the strength and power of men; others improve their conditions of life; while others – and these particularly concern the mind – reach the mass of the people themselves, either directly or through the pictures and sounds they produce, and convey to them in a form easy to understand, the news, thoughts and usages of every nation, and by these means provide, as it were, food for the mind especially during the hours of rest and recreation.Pope Pius XII, Miranda Prosus (1957)
In summary, Pope Pius XII exhorts how television can serve as a medium for spreading messages that serve to uplift people to be the best that they can be, and to use whatever they see and learn for the benefit of society. Likewise, anime is quite like that; it’s not just an episodic tale, nor is it just a cheesy art form made by a studio in Japan; it’s a myriad of life lessons and a means of inspiration for many people, myself included.
Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate? Hot chocolate sounds about right for me.
Q&A, PART 2: OSPREYSHIRE’S QUESTIONS
Where would you like to visit that you’ve never been to before? Aside from perhaps Europe, I’d also really like to visit several anime conventions located within Canada and the United States. In a post from November, I’ve listed several conventions that I’d like to visit one day, with the help of God. My ideal vacation would be to spend a few days touring said location, taking some pictures and basking in the experience of being in another world, and then spending the Friday, Saturday and Sunday at a grand anime convention that’s around town, capping it off with some sights of cosplays, anime-related events, and most significantly, High Mass in one of the city’s churches to thank God for a wonderful trip and a beautiful memory to cherish for myself.
What is one movie, TV show, and/or book that you can’t stand, but everyone else likes? You could probably say that for most things that are considered ‘mainstream’ in Western media nowadays, I can’t stand them. Examples include Game Of Thrones, Breaking Bad, or the ongoing zombie thriller, The Walking Dead. Personally, I’m not really a fan of live-action episodic stories as I am with anime. I’d much prefer trivia shows like Who Wants To Be A Millionaire or historical dramas rather than the former set.
If you could invent a language, what would you call it and how would you teach it to the world? No comment on this one. However, I would like to see Latin become mainstream again. And what better way to introduce people to the study of Latin than by making them present at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass?
What is one interest or hobby that you never thought you would get into? As a high school student I scoffed at the thought of watching anime or even enjoying it. Fast forward to the second year of university and one trip to a convention, and here I am now, blogging about it. Someday, I hope to be able to talk about my transformation into an anime fan in a future blog post. Ditto for the NBA; I grew up with the National Hockey League, and after a trip to a game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Toronto Raptors in December of 2013, I got hooked with the NBA and have been a fan of the Toronto Raptors (read: the 2019 NBA Champions) ever since.
How do you want to improve as a person? Every day, I’m trying to become a better Christian. I’m trying to make it a habit to say my Rosary more often, practice Christian morality on a regular basis, and hopefully, move towards holiness. Professionally speaking, I’m trying to work towards improving my abilities as a software developer; one of these ways is by learning how to use the cloud hosting service known as Amazon Web Services, a service which allows for the deployment and integration of multiple online services to efficiently power software applications.
NOMINATIONS + QUESTIONS
Here are some questions for the following nominees listed below: Warfheim’s World of Anime, 9 Tailed Kitsune, Irina from I Drink And Watch Anime, iniksbane from In Search Of Number Nine, and Jiraiyan from Otaku Orbit. Feel free to tackle this challenge if you are available to; but if not, that’s all fine and dandy as well. Should you choose to tackle this mission though, I would love to hear your answers to the following questions:
- Who is your favorite YouTuber, and why?
- Is there any anime character who has influenced your line of thinking?
- Which conventions have you gone to, if any?
- What’s the worst anime episode you have ever seen?
- If you had to eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Until next week, that’s all I have for now. Hopefully next week, I’ll be mentally better prepared to write down a more entertaining, anime-related post; but in due time, I’d like my readers to say a quick prayer for me as this whole COVID-19 shtick has been really weighing down on my nerves. Likewise, I will remember all of you this Sunday at High Mass, and at every one of such that I am physically able to attend.