Answers for the Interrogation Carnival Dealie
1) Which Anime from 2011 do you enjoy the most?
Nichijou! It’s easily my #1 favorite anime comedy ever. You can also find my top 6 of the 2011 year here, for other series I greatly enjoyed.
2. Do you play video games? If so, what kind of games do you play? Also, what consoles do you currently own?
I do like games, though it tends to take me at least half a year to get through one these days! My favorite genres are JRPG and survival horror. I just have a PS2 and my laptop right now, but at the moment I’m enjoying Fatal Frame, Persona 4, and the Carpe Fulgur games (Recettear, et al).
3. Do you currently study the Japanese Language? If so, what method did you take. If not, why?
Yes, I’m trying to refresh my memory of all the things I supposedly learned over two years in college. Right now I’m using Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji, the Pimsleur Japanese CDs (thanks, library), and a Japanese for Busy People textbook. I’m also speaking with people from Japan on a semi-regular basis, which is probably the biggest help. Even with daily study over nearly a year though, I hardly feel I’m making much progress. =/
4. What are your favorite Japanese singers and/or composers?
I don’t follow music in general very closely, so I end up just listening to music from anime and games that I’m currently engaged in. But thanks to Pandora Hearts, I’ll have to say Yuki Kajiura is my favorite composer. Absolutely beautiful soundtrack for that series. Her work for other anime are typically quite good too.
5. How do you taste test shows you haven’t seen?
Ah… I’ll usually only try out series that sound interesting (namely via the synopsis), but even then I’m willing to drop an anime after one episode if it fails to engage me. Going by the last few seasons, there’s always been at least three or four anime I’ve really enjoyed, so I don’t mind dropping the series that don’t impress me. For older series, I’ve gotten plenty of recommendations for anime I want to try out some time. And sometimes I see a really good AMV or read a really good review (on a blog), which will encourage me to try out a show more quickly.
Thanks for the questions, Chikorita! I would ask some too, but I can’t come up with any good ones at the moment.