I just realized that this post will be my 100th on this website. So, hooray I guess?
Anyways, for my 100th post I’m not going to do anything too extravagant – for now, I think I’m just going to keep it pretty relaxed right now. You won’t be seeing any “ZOMG POST #100 YAY PARTY TIME” kind of vibes here. Instead, I’m going to be doing not one, but two tag posts – Unpopular Opinions and Sunshine Blogger Award post, with special thanks to Ospreyshire from Iridium Eye Reviews for the nomination. Regarding the latter, I apologize for the delay in addressing it – I’ve just had so much that I want to talk about on this blog such as anime reviews, a few stories from my time at conventions, and the occasional post linking themes in anime and traditional Catholic theology; that it’s been hard trying to slide this into my once-a-week blog schedule. Now that I’ve finally got a bit of a break here, it’s time to discuss some of these things! First off, we’ll start with the Sunshine Blog Award section, followed by a few of my own Unpopular Opinions.
SUNSHINE BLOG AWARD
Rules for this tag include:
-List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo.
– Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blogging sites.
-Answer their questions.
-Nominate up to 11 bloggers and ask them 11 questions.
-Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog posts.
In this tag, I’ve been graciously provided with a set of questions from Ospreyshire, which I’ve been asked to provide answers to. I’m game for a Q&A type of post – I think it’s pretty fitting to do for post #100! So without further ado, here’s the questions, and some of my answers to them:
Question 1: Which actor or actress do you think is overlooked by the public and what role would you like to see them in?
Whenever I think of an actor that seems to be overlooked by the public, I think of Ralph Macchio. It seems to me that ever since he took on the role of Daniel Larusso from The Karate Kid trilogy, he’s just been better known for that role and nothing else. Even the newest spinoff, Cobra Kai – of which I’m a fan of, and eagerly anticipating the third season – it seems like Daniel Larusso is the character that he’ll forever be stuck as. I’d love to see him play a bigger role in an upcoming movie. (On a side note, somebody tell me when he’s coming to Canada for a convention)
Question 2: If you could have a crossover between an anime and something involving Western animation, what would they be and what would the plot look like?
I don’t want a story involving one giant crossover between anime and Western animation. I want a video game sports franchise crossing over all these characters. Can you imagine how awesome it would be for gaming rivals Mario and Sonic to get their buddies together and duke it out for a shot at supremacy in basketball, baseball, or ice hockey? (Sorry soccer, you’re too boring for me so I’m gonna have to leave you out).
Question 3: What is your favorite thing about international cinema?
One thing that I love about international cinema is how the stories seem to be more diverse and less cliched than North American ones. For example, take American ghost movies and compare them with Japanese counterparts. Seems to me that in American ghost movies (e.g. Paranomal Activity types), it’s all based on “Oh look, things are flying around!” or “Giant CGI monster is chasing me!” which can get old after a while. But with Japanese ghost movies? Oh, you don’t want to play games with them. Next thing you know, a scary black-haired, white-gown wearing ghost will be standing by your bed, and that’s when you know, you’re screwed.
Question 4: If you could switch a theme song from a movie or TV series with a different song, what would it be and why?
I’ve always found the opening theme of Sonic X to be pretty lame. I mean, come on – you make a series about Sonic the Hedgehog, the Fastest Thing Alive, and you give him an opening theme like this? Get Butterfly by Wada Koji of Digimon Adventure fame in there! The former opening doesn’t make any sense!
Question 5: What book would you like to see adapted onto the screen? This could be a novel or comic book, by the way.
As a kid, one novel series that I read were Scott Young’s hockey novels: Scrubs On Skates, A Boy At The Leafs’ Camp, and A Boy On Defence. I’ve always wanted to see more hockey-related movies play out on screen, since there seems to be pretty few of them around. I think these books would be a pretty good idea to adapt to the big screen!
Question 6: What band would you like to see compose an entire soundtrack? What kind of movie would they score?
Definitely Sabaton for a historical movie. Since high school, I’ve liked their music, how they always serve to tell interesting stories from the past and incorporate them into their music.
Question 7: What is the least favorite thing from a creator you really like?
This doesn’t apply just to creators alone, but also for shows in general; if they tend to re-use tropes and cliches from other series, and not give any spin on them, that’s where I draw the line. Why bother devoting time to your work if it looks, feels, and plays out like something that I’ve already seen hundreds of times over?
Question 8: Who would you like to see voicing over a documentary that has never done so before? What would the documentary be about?
Liam Neeson doing a documentary about the rise of the Traditionalist Catholic movement in the 1960s, as a response to the growing liberalism and apostasy following the Second Vatican Council sounds like an interesting documentary that I’d be down for.
Question 9: Which actor would sound ridiculous if they tried an accent outside of their own?
Gee, this one’s a tough one. Although, I do wonder what it would have been like if the late Tony Jay tried to make a French accent for the character of Judge Claude Frollo during the production of 1996’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Disney. I’ll admit, it would sound pretty unnatural especially because of how used to the current character’s voice I am.
Question 10: What do you think is the most overrated film or animation director?
I can’t say much about this part, I haven’t studied that much about film or animation directors.
Question 11: What is your greatest wish for cinema and/or animation? This could be realistic or a pipe dream.
My hope is that they more closely align themselves with traditional Catholic standards of modesty, morals, and material. Prior to the 1960s, the Catholic Church had a strong role in monitoring films and ensuring that they would be appropriate for others to watch – in the hopes that it would spur on the Social Reign of Christ the King. It would be great if that kind of attitude would be placed on a lot of movies today, especially considering how tasteless some of their content can be.
And that’s it for my side of the Sunshine Blogger Award. I hope you enjoyed my content, and instead of nominating others to take on this task, if you feel like this is something that you might want to try in the future, go for it – I won’t hold you down for it. I’m just happy that I can share some of my own takes on things in anime and Western media (however little I’m acquainted with it, hehe!). My questions to you would be
- How has anime changed your life over the past 5 years?
- What trope do you enjoy seeing in television?
- What trope do you find most mundane to see in television?
- If you were stuck on an island, what film would you bring with you and why?
- Do you like musicals? If so, what’s your favorite musical?
- What anime world would you not mind being stuck in?
- Favorite book / movie series growing up?
- How has your opinion of said book / movie changed from when you were a child?
- How likely would you watch an anime that’s over 500 episodes long? Because I sure can’t do it XD
- If you could travel back in time and change one movie, what would it be and why?
- What manga would you like to see adapted into an anime series and why?
Question 1: Popular series I hate
There is one popular anime that I hate more than all the bad shows I’ve reviewed on here, even more than I do with Guilty Crown, which is one of the worst anime that I have been cursed to watch in my four years as an anime watcher. Are you ready for it? Bleach. Now, before you come in guns blazing at me to try and shut me down, allow me to explain where my hatred for this show stems from. Imagine you’re a high school kid and it turns out that your crush’s favorite character is Rukia Kuchiki, one of the protagonists in Bleach. Push comes to shove, you get into some kind of conflict with her, she flat out rejects you, and you spend the next 3 years having to deal with her baloney. Okay, I’ll admit, I’ve gotten over it six years after the fact, but whenever people try to get me to watch Bleach, I immediately get reminded of my flake with said crush. So, thanks Rukia, for making me hate Bleach.
Question 2: Popular movie I like, but everyone seems to hate
Definitely The Karate Kid, Part III. For some reason, I thoroughly enjoyed this film even though I knew from the bottom of my heart that it was a cheap ripoff of the first installment of the trilogy, with the whole shtick between Daniel Larusso having to go up against the Cobra Kai – again – in another tournament that was poorly forced into the movie’s timeslot. But somehow, I keep coming back to show primarily because of the performance by Thomas Ian Griffith as antagonist Terry Silver. That acting, his delivery of the lines, and just his deceptively charismatic personality was one thing that kept this film from sinking as far as it could have. He’s one of the most interesting villains that I’ve ever come across, and I don’t think I’ve memorized as many lines from a character than those belonging to him, it’s that memorable. Don’t get me wrong – compared to the first two films from the franchise, this film sucks arse, but it’s one of those films which I would put on the “so bad it’s good” category.
Question #3: Love triangle where the character didn’t end up with the character I wanted
Surprisingly, Ospreyshire’s answer to this question made a reference to a post I made back in November, in which I vouched my support for the Digimon Adventure pairing between gogglehead Taichi Yagami and Sora Takenouchi. Again, thanks for the shoutout – I’m happy to hear that we stand firmly with the same pairing even to this day. However, there is another pairing which I rooted for in contrast to the canonicity (and might likely be the subject of next week’s post): Raku and Onodera from Nisekoi. Were it not for the plot demanding that said male protagonist end up with Chitoge, everything else was screaming at this coupling. They share a mutual friendship with each other, they legitimately care about each other’s well-being, and heck, even Onodera’s genuinely kind to Raku in contrast to him having to grow around Chitoge’s mean-spirited personality. Not to mention, the Romeo and Juliet episode, he’s literally dying to have Onodera play as Juliet so that he could enjoy it, and is crushed when it doesn’t turn out that way.
Question 4: Popular genre I hardly watch
I rarely get into shonen anime series. Personally, I prefer either a slice-of-life or an engaging isekai series. The last time that I watched a shonen was back in October of 2018, when I tuned into Boku No Hero Academia; I still have yet to watch the fourth season, by the way. But in general, a lot of these types such as Naruto, One Piece, and Dragon Ball, I just never really bought into the hype of them, and am quite frankly turned off by their extremely long episode span. I mean, come on. I don’t know how I can withstand 720 episodes of Naruto.
Question 5: Beloved character I don’t like
Question 6: Popular show or series I can’t get into
Everyone in my circle of friends loves the Fate franchise, and frequent themselves with the show and its games (namely, Fate:Go). Granted, I’ve seen Fate:Zero and I’ll admit it’s full of intrigue, action, and some pretty deep-thinking themes (how far will you go to accomplish your dreams, no matter the cost?), and since then my best friend has been trying to get me into it further by watching Fate:Stay/Night. Unfortunately, I still have yet to get cracking on it. It’s not that I think the series is bad, it’s just that I have a lot of other shows that I’d prefer to watch than any of the Fate ones.
Question 7: Popular show or movie I have no interest in seeing
K-On is another example of a show that I have no interest in seeing. A show about four girls in high school forming an after-school band, if not doing cute things on the side? I’m pretty sure I’ve seen that show, it’s called Love Live. Not to mention, this show has the unique distinction for the shortest amount of time I’ve spent on an anime, at only a mere 15 seconds of time spent. You know there’s a problem when you can’t even get past the opening theme of the song, and personally I just found the opening song really… weird to say the least. Apparently though, everyone I know on Twitter thinks this show is the greatest thing to have ever been invented since the Catholic Church, and I don’t know the reason why.
Question 8: Popular show or movie I prefer over the book
I don’t read much books outside of traditional Catholic theology manuals, so I apologize if I’m lacking in this part.
And that’ll be it for my side of Unpopular Opinions! Hope you enjoyed these as well, and until next time, I look forward to hearing your own wacky takes on anime and other television media!