What is more mysterious than the Universe itself ?
The human mind? The human heart? Consciousness?
Would you want to understand the root of this mystery?
Or perhaps its better to simply lay beside it, unsolved…
… and continue to appreciate its abstract essence.
A short thought on “Mystery”
“If I can blend in and stay in the background all year, that’s fine with me” was what Kaizaki Arata said when offered in on the ReLIFE program. Oreki would definitely second that notion although for a different reason. I must say that I’m not much different myself when I started out, writing so that I have a database to look back on – It would be a bonus if people do read and it helps them (kind of), if otherwise I’m happy that I got my thoughts out on the series. I think I simply went with the flow of how the blog progressed, just as how I ‘progressed’ myself outside of the blogging hours – Slowly I get to see a bigger picture of the aniblogging community on wordpress… and kind of just went with it (?).
I thought that blogging and sharing thoughts is all there was in the community, until Crackdown-さん nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award before the Flaming Hotties tag-game.
“What’s this? Eh wait, what do I need to do? No wait, why am I even nominated?”
Truth be told: I’m not used to being complimented by people outside of my physical family circle, but yes I do feel a little happy when I’m recognised and complimented (yeap, what a child this person is >.<). It seems to be a guilty pleasure – guilty to accept the gesture, and guilty to have accepted the gesture. But a gesture is a gesture. If I’m given recognition by someone, then all the more I should live up to it, and live up to being myself.
Therefore, a huge thanks (or as I’d prefer to phrase: Thank you loads!) to Crackdown-さん for nominating me for this award! (as well as all the other readers who drop by, keeping me stuck in front of the draft screen and thinking how to write stuff). For readers who have not come across Crackdown-さん’s blog, he writes lots of concise reviews on anime and film, and also extends to gaming, novel and manga reviews too! It’s practically a review library there (and I like seeing his movie reviews – makes me realize there’s so much film out there that I’ve not even heard of before), so do check out his blog!
The Mystery Blogger Award:
- It is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there and they deserve every recognition they get.
- This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion.
- The award was created by Okoto Enigma.
- Display the award logo on your blog.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Mention the creator of the award and provide a link.
- Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
- Answer 5 questions from the nominee.
- Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers.
- Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
- Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.
- Share the link to your best post.
3 Things about myself:
- I’m easy bored if I do not occupy myself with something intellectual or mentally challenging. Therefore I love what I study; enjoy math and puzzle games (like sudoku); and always play my games at the highest difficulty.
- Before I stepped into the world of anime (and japanese manga), I’ve been spending my money on this franchise called Bionicle – Now that its production has ended indefinitely, I’ve become the owner of an extinct species of lego.
- I partake in photography (solo). The moments I relish the most are looking for shots of interesting perspectives, and the post-processing editing & blending.
- Do you believe the earth is flat?
Ans: That’s a straight No! While philosophically the question can beg different answers, as a Physics major I do not just not-believe that the Earth is flat, but in fact reject the whole notion that it is flat, flat out (pun intended). It would be a completely different question though if I were to be asked if the universe is flat. I’m actually pretty fond of the Holographic Principle (uhh… wait, that’s getting way too technical…)
- Do you like metal and rock music?
Ans: I don’t search for metal music to listen to, but yes I listen to rock music and particularly like the oldies rock such as Michael Learns to Rock (pop / soft rock), Westlife (pop rock), Eagles and The Band Perry (country rock) as well as Coldplay and U2 (alternative rock). These days though, I just keep going through japanese anime songs, it may take quite a lot of effort to return to rock music (heh).
- What are your thoughts when you first hear about anime?
Ans: Back in the childhood days Pokemon was Pokemon and Digimon was Digimon. I didn’t knew of the term ‘anime’. Partially thanks to SG’s educational system, when hearing people talking about anime, I’d be like – “What are you doing wasting your time watching when you should be studying? Only to end up complaining not having studied earlier?“. I don’t have a strong impression of anime, so naturally it is easy to have a bad impression of it too. (But somehow turns out I’m appreciating it right now)
- Is it good to be hikikomori or not?
Ans: Hmm that really depends. The socially acceptable answer is No, since you’re going to end up being not a useful contribution to society (and then you’re going to burden your parents and family). Personally, I would say No too (what’s with this anti-contrast!). Look at it this way, there are so many things that you can do in this world, and so much of the unknown that you could explore – Sure the world is going to do its best crushing your dreams like you’re playing Insane difficulty in bullet-hell games – But wouldn’t it be worthwhile to have tried something, perhaps fail, and learn from it? Heck, if you don’t even try then you’re simply limiting the possibilities. Trying and failing sure is depressing, but it can’t be more depressing than always feeling miserable right from the get-go. You can be a hikikomori all you want when you’re older (perhaps grumpier) and indulge in doing nothing or staying in 24/7.
- What do you think about the world?
Ans: The world? Right now? It’s both Great (not sarcasm) and Terrible. In the current millennium, there is so much amazing technology and discoveries which our intellectual desires can feast on. It is probably right to say that this is the time when we can observe a stark transition from the pre-modern era to the futuristic era. But of course, the same old worrying things like politics still exist, as well as the negative externalities arising from said technological advancement.
Ask-and-Answer (My questions I guess…):
- Other than blogging and watching anime, what other things do you enjoy doing?
- What quote most inspire(d) you? It could be from anime, film, or some person in real life.
- Have you travelled to other countries? If so, where have you been to, and how frequently do you go travelling?
- If you were an anime character and so were your parents, which two anime characters would play the role of your mother and father? (they don’t have to be related to each other)
- How did you come to decide what to name your blog/ blogger-id?
Time to pass the baton: (You may not know me, but I sure ‘know’ you)
** Well based on my current available subscriptions… these are my choices… **
^(You’re always writing such detailed and retrospective reads, and recently mixing in more interesting stuffs even though it drags you a little away from your 1000 reviews goal ^^)
^(I have to dedicate this to you for being such an active blogger, and always keeping a look out for the community~)
^(Super insightful reads, and extensive network of recommended shows & blog-reads – I’ve got to admire your equally strong love for anime and the community 🙂 )
^(I always enjoy reading your posts as you go into the details about the elements of the series itself, or about aspects of anime as a form of media)
^(It’s really easy to see that you’re excited/engrossed about what you’re writing on; continue to love what you do, and in the way that expresses yourself best!)
^(Hot potato toss or not, this is a show of appreciation for the dynamic variety of posts that you put out, from short fun stuffs to full reviews, and detailed anime-picked analyses 🙂 )
- ne´ senpai.
^(Senpai, you’ve been super dedicated in reviewing anime from all sorts of genres, and also trying your best in writing them in english. This nomination is a dedication to you!)
^(Here’s a token of appreciation for blogging about the voice actors/actresses behind the anime we are fond of, or critical of. I get to learn something new about them!)
- Remy Fool
^(I came looking for yuri experiences, but also found treasurable insights on other kinds of perspectives)
^(I see that you’ve been nominated before, but here you go — loving those Showdown posts 🙂 )
^(I may not know you that well yet, but I enjoy the section when you include the recommended drink and the conditions for drinking at the end XD | Well that besides the point, this is also dedicated to you for your efforts to help out the community~)
^(Other than anime, you’ve been writing so much about #beinghappy which are really nice, inspirational reads)
I don’t actually have a best post per se, so I’ll leave this void I guess.
In return, here’s another Hyouka gif.
I broke my blogging system this week with 4 posts in total…
1] “Appreciation Post: The Mystery Blogger Award” Cover Photo (edited)
2] “Appreciation Post: The Mystery Blogger Award” Gifs