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38: Name a popular anime you hate.

EXCEL SAGA. "Look at us! Look at how funny we are! Yes, the entire cast are assholes, the second-hand embarrassment is so thick you could cut it with a butter-knife, and you're kind of hoping for a TPK just so it'll end, but it's super funny, we promise!" I watched it for Blogathon six years ago and got through one episode before I just couldn't any more.

(There are plenty of popular anime that just...don't interest me. I've never seen any of ATTACK ON TITAN or FAIRY TAIL, for example. But I don't hate them.)
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37: Name a popular anime you love.

Most recent: YURI!!! ON ICE, as already discussed.

This is the drawback of staying firmly around the edges of anime fandom qua such - I'm not always sure which anime are popular in a wide sense, and which in a small sense. For example, I also love INITIAL D in all its Very 90s Anime glory, in which everyone mysteriously listens to Eurobeat and the only official relationship that will ever go anywhere is Takumi/driving (okay, also Any Other Main Character/driving). I didn't even drive myself when I first saw it.
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36: In your opinion, what makes a good anime?

Well, there's the obvious, high-level answer of 'good art and good writing.' The more personal answer...I do like the art to be beautiful, but I also have a loose definition of 'beautiful.' I'm generally more interested in good characters than in a complicated plot, but really I just want the characters to feel real, not cardboard images tossing the Idiot Ball back and forth. Also I am a firm proponent of 'Real does not have to equal Grimdark,' so there's that too.

Finally, though - it comes down to it being the right story at the right time for you. And that's nearly impossible to call ahead of time.
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35: Have you ever dropped an anime, if so why?

Oh dear lord yes. Several. Some of them with extreme prejudice. Why wouldn't I?

If you want actual reasons, they vary:
* Sometimes a particular character pings me the wrong way - see previous post on characters I hate for two examples. (To be fair, both of those were 'didn't even finish the first episode' reactions, which I don't think technically counts as dropping a series, because I hadn't even properly picked it up.)
* Sometimes I get into a series for X (a character, a plot point, a tonal feel), and then the series stops using X - see RE-KAN, which I burbled about here. Halfway through the season it developed something pretending to be a plot, and lost the sweet fluffiness I loved.
* Sometimes I think a series is going to be one thing, and then I watch a second episode and it's not - or I watch a second episode, and the things that irritated me in the first episode have only gotten worse, while the things I liked have gotten fewer. Example this time is AIRMASTER - bad fight choreography, insufficient girl love, I tapped out.

(And then, of course, there are lots and lots of series that I mean to go back to, but haven't yet. This is why my Crunchyroll queue is so long. :wince:)
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34: Have you ever watched an anime only because you liked a specific character?

Yes. (YUU YUU HAKUSHO, Kurama.) ...on the other hand, (a) I didn't watch the whole thing (it's surprisingly easy to curate a Kurama-centric marathon of YYH), and (b) I didn't hate any characters (found them boring, mostly). My friend Kay is able to watch entire series because she loves X Minor Character, even if she actively hates Main Character(s). I've never been able to do that.
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33: Would you ever watch an anime with over 100 episodes?

Yes? But it's the kind of 'yes' that comes with a hand-wobble. I've watched Significant Chunks of BLEACH, for example, and I still have DETECTIVE CONAN in my Crunchyroll queue, which is up around 800-something episodes and still going. But I also noped out of BLEACH somewhere in the Arrancar arc (I think), and the reason I watch DETECTIVE CONAN is because I blithely ignore its Overarching Plot (which was silly even before it meandered on without resolution for, uh, :checks Wikipedia: nearly 30 years, Jesus Mary and Joseph) and stick to the generally-no-longer-than-two-episode mysteries du jour.

As a plan for future watching, no. I don't trust an anime over 100 episodes to know where the heck it's going, and I have plenty of shorter anime waiting for me.
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32: If you could make a game for an anime of your choice, what would it be and why?

Wife would totally go for a (...non-immersive I hope) RL Sword Arts Online. I think this is vastly over-estimating our skill at Actual Video Games, and nope. There is a reason we play the Lego video games: those are aimed just about right for our skill level.

If they did a adventure/hidden object game (a la Big Fish Games, though? Especially if they did one of their Very Loose Adaptations? I would be all over that, just saying.

(Hey, they did Phantom of the Opera, and a whole series based on Edgar Allan Poe's stories and poems. It's not totally implausible that they could create something playable out of Detective Conan, for example.)
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31: Have you ever watched an anime with over 23 episodes?

Yes. Not recently, but I've done it. HIKARU NO GO, which I still love, is somewhere around 75 episodes; GUNDAM WING, my entry anime, is 49 according to Wikipedia. My completion rate is low, but the mere knowledge that there's over 23 episodes is not enough to stop me from watching.

(Now I kinda want to go to my Crunchyroll queue and see how many series in there are over 23 episodes. Hmm.)
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30: How many anime episodes is 'ideal' for you?

Probably single-season, so 13? Mostly because I trust single-season shows to have a clear, coherent story with a proper ending, as opposed to 'la de da, let's see how long we can milk this' (how is there an actual sequel to Naruto, dear lord). Also I am terrible at marathoning, and easily distracted, so the shorter a show is, the higher the probability I'll actually get all the way through to the end. :wince:
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29: Has an anime's fanbase ever made you hesitant to watch an anime?

Yes, but not necessarily for the reason that the question implies. Fandom's gonna fandom, you know? For a fandom to actually turn me off of a canon a priori, it would need to be (a) omnipresent and (b) clearly focused on Things I Do Not Like.

Generally, though...I find it pretty easy to watch things without engaging with their fandoms. (It helps that I'm not monofannish any more: it makes it easier to engage on the O HAI SHINY THING level, without feeling Personally Affronted when someone doesn't fan in my exact way, see also: my shameful fannish past.) So no, I haven't been scared off any anime by its fandom that I can remember.

(...also I tend to not engage with new/current anime? YOI is unusual for me in that sense. This means that I am coming across anime years, literally, after they aired, and whatever fans remaining tend to also be of the 'OMG SOMEONE ELSE ACTUALLY LIKES THIS THING' breed that makes best-case-scenario Yuletide so fun.)
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28: Do you watch a new anime because you think it will be good, or because it's popular?


...I do not understand this question? I mean, granted, I simultaneously live under a rock and also am on Tumblr enough that I am not infrequently Introduction Vector for Wife for various things (e.g. CARMILLA). But I am not actually good about trying new things.

Really, what it comes down to is two points. 1. I separate fandom from canon, 2. Good, Popular, and Things I Like are not always overlapping circles. )
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26: You get to have [1] anime character as your waifu/husbando spend a day with you in real life, who do you choose?

Inasmuch as I still haven't finished my list of Anime Characters I Would Most Like To Be Friends With, I am not even pretending to tackle another romantic question. So instead, I'm going to change it, and spend my theoretical day with Natsume (from NATSUME'S BOOK OF FRIENDS). I mean, the chances are fairly high that I'm gonna be bugged by youkai before, during, and possibly after? But Natsume's got a good track record of dealing with that, and he's a sweet kid who makes friends easily, assuming you can deal with the aforementioned youkai problems. (Also I'd love to see how Nyanko Sensei reacts to Pallais, and vice-versa. :snerk:)

27: Which anime character are you most like?

A cross between Yuuri Katsuki (from YURI!!! ON ICE) - hooray canonical anxiety problems! - and Nenene Sumiregawa (from READ OR DIE), who's a writer (although frequently blocked and slow) and is even more frequently terrible at human interaction.
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25: What is an anime you regret watching?

In the sense of 'wow, nope, not watching that again', with links to rants as available:

MISS KOBAYASHI'S DRAGON MAID (see also: reasons why I don't always trust Tumblr's recs of femmeslash)
HIME-CHAN NO RIBBON (oh, old-school magical girls, how I want to love you, and yet...)
GOLDEN BOY (technically ecchi, mostly really kinda fucked up)
MAGICAL STAGE FANCY LA LA (the single most pointless magical girl anime I have ever seen, even more than HIME-CHAN)

...and one anime, the name of which I cannot remember, description cut because this goes beyond 'regrettable' to '/seriously/ fucked up,' with a stop at 'get your trigger warnings' town. )
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24: Name [1] anime you wish everyone would watch.

Hmm. My usual answer to this kind of question is SHINGU, which I already talked about in detail on Day 20. (Whoops.) On the other hand, I have evidence (from my own home![1]) that it's possible for people with taste and judgement to not be instantly fascinated with this series, and I refuse to be That Person who insists you have to watch it all the way through at least once before you can have an opinion as to whether you're interested in watching the series all the way through. -_- So, uh, SHINGU with an asterisk where it's like 'first disc and then we'll talk.'

[1] - by which I mean Wife. Not my sister, who was the one who introduced me to the series, and I'm pretty sure would be even more pro-everyone watching it. Not my parents, who Do Not Get Anime - seriously my mother got confused by SPIRITED AWAY, so I'm not holding out hope for her and an entire TV series.
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23: What is the most times you've re-watched an anime?

If by 'anime' you mean 'movie,' then the answer is 'a lot.' SEN TO CHIHIRO/SPIRITED AWAY is one of my comfort movies, so I re-watch it regularly.

If by 'anime' you mean 'series,' then...maybe twice? Both INITIAL D and YURI ON ICE have come in for re-watches, but it's not necessarily a marathon straight through the whole thing, which complicates counting.
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22: You get to have a harem of [6] anime characters of your choice, who do you choose?

:helpless giggles:

See, the problem(s) here are, (a) I am somewhere on the ace spectrum, so I am less prone than might be to daydream about [FAVORITE CHARACTER HERE] in scanty clothing, and (b) a lot of my favorite characters would make terrible harem inhabitants. Like, I love Sanzo from SAIYUKI, but I am dead sure that any attempt to suggest he inhabit a harem would be met with shooting, shouting, or both. (And even if he said yes, he would be the crankiest, most un-cooperative harem guy ever.)

If we go for vaguely plausible...um. I can come up with a grand total of one so far. (Yomiko Readman, from READ OR DIE.) I suppose this means I'm putting a pin in this one as well.
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21: What is the first anime you ever saw?

I've actually already answered that (and apparently I should get in the habit of reading ahead and not tangenting, whoops).

My second (third?) anime was DRAGONBALL. Dubbed, as I recall. My then-girlfriend's boyfriend was way into it, and I was into FROM EROICA WITH LOVE (which has not, to my knowledge, been turned into an anime, not even an OVA), so Girlfriend thought it might be a good match. I didn't hate it, but I wasn't fannish about it.

In writing news: as kind of expected, letting it sit for a week or so meant that I discovered that my writing did not, in fact, suck forever, and I did not have to re-write from scratch. So chapter two of the Yuri on Ice fairytale (now, with Viktor/Yuuri smut!) has been posted.
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19: What is your favorite slice of life anime?

I'm not sure if this counts (mostly because I have only slightly more of an idea as to how you define a 'slice of life anime' than I did a 'moe' anime), but I'll pick MIRACLE TRAIN. Cut for maybe sorta minor spoilers? )

20: What is your favorite adventure anime?

I'm going to pick SHINGU: SECRET OF THE STELLAR WARS. How well does it fit, well, ha ha ha, how well do any of these fit. Wow, definite spoilers underneath, but hopefully in an ambiguous and interesting way. )
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18: What is your favorite Super Robot anime?

GUNDAM WING, on grounds of it being the only Super Robot that I've seen more than a single episode of.
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17. What is your favorite Real Robot anime?

I had to go digging to see what, if any, Real Robot anime I've seen. I think PATLABOR counts? I have seen one episode, of which I remember that I think it involves cops, and I liked it. So we'll say PATLABOR.

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