Twice as Bright… it’s the Return of the Sunshine Blogger Award 2019!

There has been a short supply of tag posts lately, so I was delighted to get nominated for my second Sunshine Blogger Award by Pete Davison from MoeGamer. Thanks, Pete for the nomination and the outrageously difficult questions.

If you’re not familiar with Pete’s blog and you’ve found your way here, then you will, without a doubt, find some joy there too. Pete puts out a lot of posts about anime, gaming, and all things geek. His recent post about getting better at talking about sex was a great piece too! Check it out.

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There are always rules and they shall be followed!

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

And now for the fun part…


What’s your favourite piece of media (game, book, anime etc) that you think goes underappreciated, and why do you like it so much?

This will probably come as no surprise, but my favourite of all time is Highschool of the Dead. It’s the series that really pulled me back into anime after a brief hiatus. I’ve seen the series several times, read all the manga multiple times, including the chapter that was only available digitally.

I know exactly why this series isn’t as appreciated as I think it should be and that is because of a very dirty and evil term – Fan-service! For many, this term is an instant turn off in the anime world, which is absurd because there is fan-service in advertising, regular TV programs, but they don’t get quite as much stick for it. In anime, it seems to make people lose their minds and instantly turn off.

Back in December 2018, after reading a very lengthy and unfairly damning review of Highschool of the Dead, I dedicated the entire month to reviewing and talking about everything in the series. Firstly, the fan-service is excellent and so brilliantly over-the-top, I can’t believe any takes that part of the show seriously. The story and production of the series, however, are first-rate. It’s a far more intricate story with believable and well-developed character than I first thought. I could talk about the series for hours, so if you want to experience that check out my posts here – Highschool of the Dead December.


How long have you been creating things online, and how did you start?

I started my first blog at the end of 2010. It was going to be a place that I could track my progress as I attempted to watch 365 films in 365 days. The blog was called Film-Year. I had chosen to host it with Blogger and am proud to say that I managed to complete my challenge. I have since taken down the site as that was a long time ago and I really didn’t fancy editing each of the reviews to bring the standard up to where I believe I am today. I’ve had several other blogs over the years, but The Otaku Author is the one that I am most at home with.

So, I’ve been playing with the idea of being a writer for as long as I can remember. I spend a lot of my time plotting and coming up with outlines in my head, however, in the winter of 2008, I got together with four friends from work and we wrote a story for NaNoWriMo, which is National Novel Writing Month. We took it in turns to add to the story with no idea what might come next. It was a lot of fun and we ended up with something semi-decent. It certainly gave me the confidence to take things a little more seriously. So, I started blogging to work on my writing and also to build an online platform that I could call home.


Do you share your creative work with your “real life” friends and family? If so, how do they respond? If not, why not?

Not really. I don’t hide it or anything, but at the same time, I don’t actively share it with them. I actually use my real name and it’s not overly common, especially for a guy, so if they wanted to find me, I’m sure they could. That said, if they do find it and want to read it, share it, or even just talk about it, I’m more than happy to oblige. I just don’t want to make them feel like they have to just because they know me in “real life”!


Social media: helpful or harmful? Why do you feel that way?

Social media is the best and the worst. It’s great that I can keep in contact with family and friends all around the world. It’s also amazing that you can chat with like-minded people that you’ve never met in real life. The biggest problem is the spreading of misinformation and the way that it has emboldened people to say whatever they want and not to have to deal with the repercussions.

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You’re presenting an important meeting, and you feel a horrific, probably unavoidable fart brewing. What do you do?

Clench and carry on. I am British so, stiff upper lip and all that!


Have you done anything that has taken you out of your “comfort zone” recently? How did you handle it?

Not really, but then I did just feel a horrific, probably unavoidable fart brewing in an important meeting…

I’m not a natural sharer of information, especially about myself, so posts like these are hard because I’m talking about myself rather than a story or piece of animation. That’s easy, I can talk about stuff like that forever.


How have your tastes in media changed from how they were as a child and/or teen… if they’ve changed at all?

Haha! No, not really. When I was younger I liked cartoons. If it wasn’t animated, I didn’t care about it at all. That meant I grew up without watching Neighbours or Grange Hill. Didn’t care one bit. I like to think that’s what saved me from watching soaps and it definitely kept me away from reality TV. I do watch ‘live-action’ series and movies, but I obviously still love my animated shows.


Surprise! You have a single “save game” slot, and you somehow managed to trigger it to save right before something from your life that you want to try again. What is the thing you want to try again, what would you do differently and how do you think that might change your current life, if at all?

I don’t think I would change anything significant. One of the things that annoy me at the moment is that I’ve sprained my ankle so often that they can go any time. I’ve also hurt my knees more than I’d like. When I was younger I used to play a lot of rugby and football (soccer) and I hated to miss a match. That meant that I played through a lot of injuries. That can’t have helped my situation. So, I would like to change the way I treated my body. Now, I’m not talking about eating more kale and less bacon, that would be ridiculous. I would have taken more time to recover and focused on extra activities that would have helped with my flexibility and stability.

How Heavy Are The Dumbbells You Lift Episode 2 Akemi And Hibiki Warming Up

What are some things you feel comfortable talking about now that you wouldn’t have been able to discuss when you were younger?

I think if it’s with the right person I’ve always been happy to discuss anything. I certainly don’t shy away from sensitive subjects, but at the same time, I’m quite reserved with what I bring up, especially online or with people I haven’t got a reading on yet. I don’t go looking for arguments, but if they find me, I’m prepared to defend myself.


Someone online writes something that you think is irredeemably stupid, and you’re pretty sure you have the specialist knowledge required to dismantle their argument comprehensively and grind it into dust. What do you do? Be honest!

Haha! See my month of Highschool of the Dead posts. Now, I didn’t directly respond to the post in question that got me all fired up, I didn’t even link to it. All I did was to put everything I love about it out there. I’m certain, I rebutted a number of that blogger’s objections indirectly. I have seen some other reviews/posts about shows that I also enjoy and am already considering doing something similar.


Regrettably, the fart escaped before you were able to leave the meeting room, regardless of your intentions. It was a right old noisy ripper and it stinks. How do you handle the situation?

Firstly, I would pull out my phone and apologise for not having it on silent. Then, blame an absent colleague for changing my ring tone. Finally, as the smell reached the audience, I would make a point of demanding to know who used my ringtone as an opportunity to drop one of their own. Create doubt and confusion. Sure, some will believe it to be me, but there will be some that question that and that should be enough to start the conspiracy.

How Heavy Are The Dumbbells You Lift Episode 2 Ayaka Uehara Surprised

And now for the nominations!

I nominated six bloggers the first time I completed this tag post, so here’s another five to make up the difference. If you don’t want to do it, don’t worry I won’t be offended, just think of it as a nod in your general direction.


And your questions are…

  1. What made you want to start a blog?
  2. Is there a story behind the name of your blog?
  3. Do you think you’ll still be blogging in five years?
  4. Is there any other medium you’d like to try?
  5. What anime would best describe you?
  6. What was the last anime you dropped?
  7. What anime surprised you, for whatever reason?
  8. What is your second favourite anime?
  9. Do you listen to anime music outside of watching anime? If so, what’s your favourite song?
  10. Have ever admitted to liking anime and got a funny response?
  11. Which would be worse, zombie apocalypse or vampire apocalypse?

Thanks for reading.


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2 Comments

  1. NICE BULK! Great answers, thanks for taking part — and glad to find a kindred spirit in certain regards. (I never watched Grange Hill and Neighbours either… never understood the appeal!)

    Because I like making work for myself (and I’m bored at work) I’m going to answer your questions here in your comments.

    1. What made you want to start a blog?
    I’ve had several over the years; besides MoeGamer, my longest-running one is still viewable (though now defunct) at angryjedi.wordpress.com and was an attempt to post something every day for a year. It then continued for quite a while after that year.

    Before that, though, I was just fascinated with the idea of anyone being able to take the thoughts in their head and plop them on a page for other people to read, enjoy and discuss. I have extremely fond memories of 1up.com being highly active, because that site’s emphasis on blogging, podcasting and forum posts made for a unique community of highly literate gamers who were happy to discuss things at length. Certainly a far cry from the “TL;DR” culture we live in today.

    2. Is there a story behind the name of your blog?
    Yep. It’s pretty simple. I used to work for a site called USgamer.net, where I developed a positive reputation for giving Japanese games the time of day and fair treatment that other sites didn’t afford them. Unfortunately, I was laid off so the editor in chief could hire his sycophantic cronies instead of having to deal with me, so the name of my site and the URL were both intended as an unsubtle dig at my former employers. It’s since developed into its own unique destination with its own recognisable identity.

    3. Do you think you’ll still be blogging in five years?
    Yep! I have enough games lined up for in-depth features to keep me busy for at least the next ten years, at the very least.

    4. Is there any other medium you’d like to try?
    In the last year or so, I started doing YouTube a bit more seriously… well, “regularly” is probably a better word, since I don’t really have any grand or serious ambitions there. I’ve been really enjoying that. I’ve been podcasting off and on for for about ten years, too.

    As for new stuff… I’d like to make a game and actually finish it. My various hard drives from over the years are littered with half-finished Klik and Play, Games Factory and RPG Maker projects.

    5. What anime would best describe you?
    Hmm. That’s a tricky one, really, since I’ve never really thought about an anime specifically being “iconic” to me. I think probably the closest thing is the fact that How Heavy Are The Dumbbells You Lift? inspired me to start hitting the gym regularly, though I certainly have a long way to go until I look even as good as Hibiki does.

    6. What was the last anime you dropped?
    I don’t really consciously “drop” anime; I just forget to go back to them sometimes. I usually like to give something a chance in its entirety before developing an opinion on it, so most stuff I’ve left half-finished I do intend to restart or pick up again later.

    7. What anime surprised you, for whatever reason?
    Urotsukidoji. It was the first anime I watched. I did not know anime did those things at the time.

    8. What is your second favourite anime?
    Clannad. It trails just behind AnoHana, but there’s not much in it.

    9. Do you listen to anime music outside of watching anime? If so, what’s your favourite song?
    All the time, along with game music. My all-time favourite has to be STUDYxSTUDY from High School DxD. Such a wonderfully catchy theme, and never fails to pep me up a bit when I need it.

    10. Have ever admitted to liking anime and got a funny response?
    I’m pretty open about the things I like, which kind of heads off any sort of funny responses at the pass. Not much you can say back when your response to “hurr, you like cartoons with pretty girls in” is just “yes, that’s right, I do”.

    11. Which would be worse, zombie apocalypse or vampire apocalypse?
    Zombies. Vampires are hot and I would happily submit to our dark overlords. Zombies would just rip out your guts and eat you, which doesn’t sound at all pleasant.

    • Lynn Sheridan

      Wow! Awesome.

      I’ve had five or six blogs, I forget how many, but I started with one that was me watching 365 films in a year and reviewing them.

      I also had one that was me sharing excel based games that I had made. I have one that uses timers and keyboard controls to move a guy around a maze, pursued by monsters.

      If I had a body like Hibiki I’d… better not to got there…

      Urosukidoji was one of my first anime too and I still remember it vividly.

      Thanks for answering my questions, even when you didn’t need to. It’s definitely a fun challenge. I have another two sets of questions to get through…

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