The Sunshine Blogger Award

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So it looks like we got nominated for another one of these awards. It was Fred from Au Natural that’s responsible for the kind gesture, so be sure to check out his blog sometime~

We were actually nominated for one of these back in October of last year, but since the post hasn’t been finished yet, we haven’t been able to publish it. Maybe this one will be different! 😀

Anyway, these are always fun, so let’s get to the rules of The Sunshine Blogger Award.

• Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog so that other people can visit them

• Answer the 11 questions put to you by the nominator

• Nominate 11 bloggers of your choosing and provide them with a new set of 11 questions to answer

• Notify the nominees by commenting on one of their blog posts

• List the rules and display The Sunshine Blogger Award logo within your post or on your blog site

And that’s it! Let’s get started with the questions from Au Natural.


What is your favorite old anime, say pre-2000?

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I didn’t watch that many shows back then. Well, I was 8 years old in 2000, so what I watched before that time were pretty much only children shows. If I had to name a favorite though, it would probably be Pokémon. Sorry to disappoint, but back in the day I absolutely hated Sailor Moon. I remember that for children during that time, in Germany, it was popular to pass around little notebooks with questions about yourself and have all of your friends fill out a page. In quite a lot of those, I answered the question “Name something you hate” with Sailor Moon… silly me. 😀

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I don’t think I’ve actually watched that many anime that predate 2000, and the ones I have seen have usually been yuri-ish. That said, an anime that immediately comes to mind is Akira. I saw it a number of years ago, and even though I’d be lying if I said I totally understood what was going on, I was so impressed with the production values. It was released in 1988, and I think it still looks better than a lot of anime released today.


Who is your favorite anime musician and what music is their best?

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That’s pretty easy. My number one since pretty much forever has to be Nana Mizuki. Actually, I can’t really find too many songs of hers that are really my cup of tea, but the few ones from anime such as Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, namely Eternal Blaze or Shuumatsu no Love Song from Cross Ange simply make up for that. Add in the fact that she’s the voice actress behind the main characters of both anime (and at least a little gay in either) and you got yourself a winner. However, we also should not forget about May’n and one of my all-time favorites, Hikaru Aru Basho e from Shuumatsu no Izetta.

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There are so many good choices that it’s hard to choose one. I really like Aimer. I really like DAOKO. I really like Eir Aoi. I really like Faylan. I really like FictionJunction/FictionJunction YUUKA. I really like GARNiDELiA. I really like May’n. I really like STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION. But if I had to pick one, it would probably be nano.


What anime OST is your favorite?

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I remember years ago, when I first got into anime, I would download pretty much every soundtrack to any anime that I liked. So I had quite a few favorites. Nowadays I don’t do that anymore. I remember that I really liked the music in anime like Psycho Pass, Kill la Kill, and Ga-Rei: Zero.

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Quite a few nominees spring to mind here as well. Mirai Nikki had a nice soundtrack. Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt had a nice soundtrack. Made in Abyss had one. Every season of Shingeki no Kyojin had a killer OST, but if I had to pick one anime soundtrack, I’d have to choose Kill la Kill. I just love it so much. Here ya go~


What anime had a brilliant idea but was executed poorly?

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So many! Well, I should limit myself to yuri, so here it goes.

First of all, as the most recent yuri anime release, I will name Flag Time, which had so much potential, but ended up being so, so disappointing. They could have done so much with this setting, but ended up doing so little instead. Same goes for Kannazuki no Miko. I guess I’ve said that a lot of times already, but repeating it one more time won’t hurt. They should have left out those annoying mechas and instead focused on a different kind of threat. The love story between Chikane and Himeko was brilliant, but the rest just wasn’t, and that’s what ruined it all.

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You’d think that an anime based on stories from Junji Ito would be awesome, but instead, The Junji Ito Collection turned out to be really disappointing. To be honest, I’ve almost completely forgotten every single story, but I do remember thinking that this was a parody, yet I don’t think that was intended.


What anime was a really bad idea but was executed brilliantly?

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Kantai Collection. Haters, come at me, I will defend this masterpiece to the death!!! 😀

I mean, I get it. Just like Azur Lane, it’s an anime about freaking ships being portrayed as mostly busty girls in partly very skimpy clothing. Sounds pretty dumb, but it was actually one of the most enjoyable, charming, and fun shows I’ve ever watched. Well, keep in mind that back when this aired, I was a hardcore KanColle fangirl, with hours upon hours spent playing the game. However, to this day, I still consider this anime one of my favorites, and that’s not because of a great story (because let’s be honest, it hardly had one to begin with), but for the brilliant portrayal of what fans of the game wanted to see.

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This one is really easy for me to answer: Cat Shit One. And yes, that’s its actual name. Before you say it’s not an anime, it’s listed on MAL, so that’s good enough for me. Despite the weird name and plot, it’s actually super entertaining.


Tell me about the anime you really love but has a terrible MAL score?

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Probably Kantai Collection, too… 😛

Well, I hardly check MAL anymore, so who knows. I just have a feeling it doesn’t have the best score on there, for reasons I names in my previous answer.

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For the most part, I think all of the anime I love have (at least) solid scores. But if I had to pick one that I like that has a bad MAL score, I’d say Gokujo.. Given the score I gave it, I obviously don’t love it, but Gokujo. is a guilty pleasure of mine, and I think it’s a lot more entertaining than its MAL score would suggest.


You can wave a magic wand and make an anime trope disappear from all future anime.
What is it and why?

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I’m not sure if this counts as a trope, but if I was given this magical wand, I would probably make queerbaiting disappear and force the likes of Kyoto Animation into jumping head first into the yuri world.

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I don’t know if it necessarily counts as a trope, but I’ll go with the harem genre. Besides being all kinds of cringe, I think that a lot of works involving harems are pretty bad and just try to appeal to the lowest common denominator. I’d rid the future world of crap like that.


Pick your favorite director.
They have asked you to give them the plot for their next anime. Summarize it.

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I will have to go with what Jamesy said, it’s perfect. 😀

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Hiroyuki Imaishi. The plot of my anime involves an all-star team of yuri bloggers who critique yuri-ish anime by day, but when night falls, they put on their capes and roam the streets, fighting against the forces of evil that are trying to prevent yuri from ruling the world. I shall call it Yuri Fighters.


Have you ever actually attempted one of Irina’s drinking games?
Did you have a hangover?

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Actually, this doesn’t ring any bells for me. But as for anime drinking games in general, yes I’ve done it, and I’ve probably woken up with a bad headache more than once from doing this. 😛

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Fun fact: I don’t drink. I’ve never actually drank alcohol before, so I’m obviously very fun at parties and very much unaware of what these drinking games even are. 😀


Why did you start blogging?

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I can’t count how many times this question popped up already, but here we go again. 😛

I remember that I always had so many things to say about all my favorite yuri shows, manga, etc., but didn’t have too many people to talk to about it. I also feared it would be weird to express my love in such an excessive way, knowing that once I start I would probably not stop any time soon. 😛

So blogging was like my outlet, and oh boy did I do that. 😀

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This question comes up a lot, so I’ll just copy and paste the answer I gave in last year’s Sunshine Blogger Award post that we never published. 😛

YOLO! I suggested writing a guest review as a joke and then followed through with it, and for whatever reason, I kept on doing more and more. I’d never done a review of any kind before, so maybe I liked the challenge that writing provided to me. L was always easy to work with and fun to be around, so I eventually had no qualms with becoming her partner in yuri crime, and the rest is history. Long story short, I didn’t mean to. 😀


What is your all-time personal favorite blog post?

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Hmm, I don’t think I can name a favorite, but in general, what I like to write and read about the most are the anime/manga/visual novels/etc. that I love the most. Writing or reading about those titles just makes me all happy and excited to share my experience or read posts of people who share similar thoughts about it.

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For me, the answer has to be the List of Yuri Anime Kisses post. I don’t think I realized how much time I’d have to devote to that one post, but seeing the reaction from our readers has made it worth it. It’s one of the most liked posts on YR, one of the most commented on posts on YR, the most viewed post ever on YR, and we’ve gotten a lot of help in growing it from our visitors, so that’s my favorite~


So those are our answers, and now it’s our time to ask the questions. Here are the bloggers that we’re nominating. We could only name nine other blogs, so I guess this means we’re anti-social. 😀


And here are the questions we’re presenting to these nine blogs~

• You’re given the opportunity to create a crossover series of any two anime of your choosing. Which would you pick and why?

• You can turn any anime of your choosing into a video game in any genre. Which one would you choose?

• Do you still see yourself blogging five years from now? If so, how about ten?

• What’s your favorite AMV? If you don’t have one, what’s your favorite anime OP or ED?

• In terms of looks, which anime or manga character most resembles you?

• In terms of personality, which anime or manga character most resembles you?

• What’s the biggest thing keeping yuri from becoming more popular?

• If you were given thirty seconds during the Olympics, Super Bowl, or World Cup to promote your blog, what would you say?

• Which one song (that has nothing to do with anime) would be perfect as an anime OP or ED?

• As a blogger, what’s one regret you have?

• If you had to cosplay as an anime character of a different gender than your own, who would you cosplay as?


18 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. Congrats on the nomination from Au Natural, Fred’s blog is so random with multitude of subjects including anime which is pretty much a haven for me.

    While I think some of the questions presented are exclusive to bloggers, some can be used for AMA sessions with fans not only for more insights but also something for them to get things off their chests with grand (or not) ideas and opinions. So to be the first white mouse, behold my completely unnecessary and unwarranted answers.

    • You’re given the opportunity to create a crossover series of any two anime of your choosing. Which would you pick and why?
    Answer: Kase-san/Bloom In You crossover sounds extremely cute but a conclusive answer is still TBD

    • You can turn any anime of your choosing into a video game in any genre. Which one would you choose?
    Answer: Definitely Revue Starlight in the form of a high-skill, Metroidvania hack n’ slash game like Blasphemous or Unworthy

    • What’s your favorite AMV? If you don’t have one, what’s your favorite anime OP or ED?
    Answer: My favourite OP would probably be Vinland Saga’s Mukanjyo, ED would probably be Dorohedoro’s Night Surfing

    • In terms of looks, which anime or manga character most resembles you?
    Answer: I don’t know really, someone tanned, pretty tall and jacked with thicc eyebrows (with plenty of scars) then that’d look like me

    • In terms of personality, which anime or manga character most resembles you?
    Answer: This one is exceptionally hard and I don’t want to sound pretentious but I consider myself a very “complex” person and when taking down to brass tacks, I’d say Kaiman/Aikawa from Dorohedoro or Josuke Higashikata from JoJo

    • What’s the biggest thing keeping yuri from becoming more popular?
    Answer: Oversaturation (them Idol and CGDCT anime’s), Queer-baiting, Social stigma, Yuri-for-the-fanservice and many more. It’s pretty obvious that 2018 was the best year for Yuri because of honest-to-God loves between girls and little to no queer-baiting.

    • Which one song (that has nothing to do with anime) would be perfect as an anime OP or ED?
    Answer: I’d pick Two Steps From Hell’s Star Sky as a Revue Starlight anthem, the song is very melancholic and I can only see the chorus as Hikari painfully telling Karen to let her go.

    • If you had to cosplay as an anime character of a different gender than your own, who would you cosplay as?
    Answer: I don’t know, Sakura from Danganronpa I guess?

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    • I thought about mentioning that the questions could also be open to anyone who wanted to answer them, but I just forgot about it… 😀

      Some interesting answers there. Even to myself, I avoided answering any of our questions, but your answer about yuri becoming more popular seems pretty spot-on to what I was thinking. There are a lot of hurdles to overcome, so it’s almost a pipe dream to imagine it being as mainsteam as we’d hope…

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  2. Congratulations!
    And nice to see Lena disliked Kannazuki no Miko side stuff , that actually happens with a lot of animes , ok-nice idea but some big errors stop it hard (no idea why this is so common)
    No idea why kancolle got semi popular , well , that thing branched to different adaptations , i have played Azur Lane and ended up trying to punch the screen while reading the story , but at least it is better than Honkai Impact (oh ffs that game is a mess)
    Im learning chinese currently little by little because tons of games i want to try are on that language , so if i can learn it ill start reading yuri manhuas too
    Little report on Blue Reflection , i have put around 17 hours and no idea where i am in the story , im making small videos of some boss fights wich are anime af , really

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  3. I’ll back your opinion on Kantai Collection! To be honest, I don’t know why it has such a low score on MAL. I gave it an 8.

    Thanks for the tag! You’ve asked some interesting questions. I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do with them!

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  4. First off, congratulations on your nomination, yuriereviews.com deserves it.

    Second, thank you for yurireviews.com notice of Pywackett Productions! Our team
    very much appreciates that you even know who we are! Thanky bunches!

    Well you asked, so here is Flocwine P. Pywackett’s response to your questions

    • You’re given the opportunity to create a crossover series of any two anime of your choosing. Which would you pick and why?

    Mix Versailles no bara (Rose of Versailles) 1979-1980 with
    Kannazuki no Miko (Destiny of the Shrine Maiden) 2004
    and add a dash of Le Chevalier D’Eon 2006 for flavor

    WHY? Sweeping, epic stories across vast expanse of history with deep mythological implications
    and a passionate Romance which moves the most implacably hardened of hearts!

    • You can turn any anime of your choosing into a video game in any genre. Which one would you choose?

    Marimite – Conflict and its dark potential is the number one problem facing humanity today!
    Negotiation and conflict resolution are skills which can be taught.
    A game in which potential conflict situations must be navigated and resolved
    while maintaining group harmony and individual dignity within the confines
    of an exclusive Catholic girl’s High School

    This short anime is a very good example of Conflict Resolution,
    Highly Recommended

    • Do you still see yourself blogging five years from now? If so, how about ten?

    Sure ‘enuf, bop till I drop

    • What’s your favorite AMV? If you don’t have one, what’s your favorite anime OP or ED?

    You can be king again – Lauren Aquilina

    Shelter – Porter Robinson & Madeon

    • In terms of looks, which anime or manga character most resembles you?

    Yoshiteru Zaimokuza – Oregairu

    • In terms of personality, which anime or manga character most resembles you?

    50% Sumika Murasame – Whispered Words (Sasameki Koto)
    35% Arata Wataya – Chihayafuru
    25% Yuu Koito – Bloom into You
    25% Yu Ishigami – Kaguya-sama: Love is War
    (Yes, yes 135%, and your point is……….)

    • What’s the biggest thing keeping yuri from becoming more popular?

    The elephant in the room: prejudice, especially religious based
    but its more than that—-In my case, while a very long time Anime fan,
    I specifically avoided Yuri because I equated the genre with Hentai
    only to discover rather late that Romance is central to Yuri
    and even when explicit, it very much is not Hentai [too much story for
    the Hentai crowd]
    ( And after all even MAL calls the obvious Yuri work “Bloom into You”
    “Romance, School, Shoujo Ai” and not Yuri)!

    • If you were given thirty seconds during the Olympics, Super Bowl, or World Cup to promote your blog, what would you say?

    Breaking free from stereotypes into the New Land. To paraphrase Hogfather, if you do not believe in
    Goodness, Truth, Beauty, Justice, Mercy, Love how are they to become?

    • Which one song (that has nothing to do with anime) would be perfect as an anime OP or ED?

    “Gimme chocolate!!” – BABYMETAL – ギミチョコ

    or “Candy Boy” – Trend-D

    • As a blogger, what’s one regret you have?

    Tripping over my own stupidity, but picking myself up and continuing onward as if nothing has happened
    i.e saying the wrong thing, with the wrong words, at the wrong time, in the wrong place, to the wrong person(s)

    • If you had to cosplay as an anime character of a different gender than your own, who would you cosplay as?

    Yukino Yukinoshita – Oregairu, dressed in her tuxedo from season 3
    but in reality, this cosplay is only wish fulfillment and would be impossible.
    Might be able to cosplay Karara from Sgt. Frog

    Folcwine P. Pywackett

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  5. absolute congratulations on the nomination! i always love coming to the blog so much, it’s always fun coming here to chat about yuri and everything to be excited for, for yuri! i really do love the blog so much!

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