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The wordpress anime awards 2018: Ladies and Gentlemen, the results are in!

Hello everybody,

What better way to start the year then with a look back, or more precisely the results of the first ever anime awards that were held on WordPress. After a careful selection by a wonderful group of performers: Cactus Matt, Derek Lyons, Marthaurion, Matt Doyle, Jon Spencer, Karandi, Star & Luna, BiblioNyan, Lethargic Ramblings, Ano Nora, Ty-chama, Mech Anime Reviews, itsaanimething, and myself, our intrepid ringmaster the great and wonderful Ayano presented all the categories to you in this  amazing post. After that all of you voted for your favorites for which we all thank you so much! But alas, the carnival closed at the stroke of midnight on december the 31st 2018. However, the carnival has one last trick up it’s sleave, and that’s presenting you with the results of your votes. Before I get to that, I want to thank all the performers named above for their wonderful contributions. Without you this amazing project would not have been possible.

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Yes, let’s all take a bow!

But I save the final thanks for Ayano, who’s tireless efforts on this project was truly the driving force without whom these awards would never have seen the light of day. So really, thank you and be proud of yourself! I have had a blast participating in this, and can only hope that this year we can do it again! (Hint, hint, hint). Now…without further ado:

And the winners are: (drumroll please…..)

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Best girl:

Winner: Hinata Kawamoto from March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2

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Runner up: Anzu from Hinamatsuri

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Best Boy:

Winner: IzukuDekuMidoriya from My Hero Academia Season 3

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Runner up: Honda-san from Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san

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Best Manga or Light Novel:

Winner: Attack on Titan

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Runner up: Spice and Wolf (New Release)

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Best Film:

Winner: My Hero Academia: Two Heroes

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Runner up: Night is Short, Walk on Girl

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Breakout Anime of the Year:

Winner: Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny-girl Senpai

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Runner up: A Place Further than the Universe

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Best Opening Song:

Winner: “Odd Future” from My Hero Academia Season 3


Runner up: “Here” from The Ancient Magus Bride

Best Ending Song:

Winner: “Akatsuki no Requiem” from Attack on Titan Season 3


Runner up: “Silent Solitude” from Overlord Season 3

Best Character Design:

Winner: Violet from Violet Evergarden

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Runner up: Zero Two from Darling in the FranXX

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Best Fight:

Winner: All Might VS One for All from My Hero Academia Season 3

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Runner up: Levi Ackerman VS Kenny Ackerman from Attack on Titan Season 3

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Best WTF?! Moment:

Winner: The entire series of Darling in the FranXX

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Runner up: JoJo’s bizarre dance scene in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Win

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Best Supporting Character:

Winner: Platelets in Cells at Work

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Runner up: Rio Futaba in Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny-girl Senpai

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Best Ship:

Winner: SakutaXMai from Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny-girl Senpai

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Runner up: NarumiXHirotaka from Love is Hard for an Otaku

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Most Likely To Cosplay:

Winner: Zero Two from Darling in the FranXX

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Runner up: (Tie) White Blood Cell from Cells at Work & Sugimoto Saichi from Golden Kamuy

Best Animation:

Winner: Violet Evergarden

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Runner up: (Tie) March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2 & Attack on Titan Season 3

Best Hero:

Winner: All Might from My Hero Academia Season 3

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Runner up: Slime from That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime

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Best Villain

Winner: All for One from My Hero Academia Season 3

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Runner up: Akane Shinjo from SSSS.Gridman

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Best Continuing Series:

Winner: March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2

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Runner up: Attack on Titan Season 3

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Funniest Scene:

Winner: That isn’t water in Grand Blue


Runner up: Party or a funeral in Hinamatsuri

Most Disappointing Anime:

Winner: Darling in the FranXX

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Runner up: Tokyo Ghoul:re Second Season

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Anime of the Year:

Winner: A Place Further than the Universe

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Runner up: Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny-girl Senpai

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Well….and that as they say is all there is. Hopefully one of your choices made the cut! Thanks all for making this a truly wonderful first WordPress Anime Awards!

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The Out of this World Book Blogger Award

Hi everyone! Here I am again back with another awards post. And it’s one that has left me a bit speechless, and managed to give me a face so red that I have been working for days to return it to it’s normal shade of colour. If you are wondering what I am talking about, just take a look at this post and look at what was written there about me. See what I mean? Really I have been wondering if there is some secret “Let’s keep making Raistlin blush organisation” at work on WordPress. But this post just took it to a whole new level. So just in case you have not looked at the original post (really why on Earth not?), I was nominated by the absolutely amazing Nicole who has an equally amazing blog called The BookWorm Drinketh. I know right? Isn’t that just the best blog name ever? But…before I say thank you to her for nominating me, I already warned her there would be some payback after what she wrote. (Insert evil grin 😈). So yes, now it’s my turn, don’t say I didn’t warn you !

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Time for some (well meant) payback! 😊

You see Nicole is one of those people that just loves to hand out compliments and lent support to other people. But when it comes to herself she either ignores it completely, or brushes it off. But…that’s where I come in (and hopefully a lot of others too after reading this). Nicole is an amazing woman, and I just love her. She writes terrific posts, and manages to always  brighten my day with her humor. Not only in her posts, but also in her comments that are just completely crazy at times (But it is has to be said, I’m pretty nuts myself so there is that). Now somewhere next week, Nicole has her birthday. She hasn’t told me which day yet, which might have something to do with this. But as I am one who doesn’t give up quite easily, I’m going to use this award as an excuse to also be used as a kind of “ wish Nicole a happy birthday and tell her how awesome she is post”. I know a lot of people appreciate her as well, so please use the comments section to wish her a happy birthday, and tell her why you like her so much. As for me, I will start off by saying: thanks so much for this award, and the amazingly kind words. I really appreciate it! Happy Birthday and remember: You are awesome! 🎉🎉🎉 Thanks for being just such a wonderful friend! So…back to the award now!

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Rules again???!!! So boooorrring!!

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger(s) that nominated you and link back to their post.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Don’t forget to grab your badge!
  • Nominate 3-5 bloggers for the award.
  • You may use the header image from this post if desired.
  • Please be sure to link back to the original post   and credit the creator: Reader Voracious Blog

The Questions:

1. What (or who) inspires you, and why? 

Well, there are a lot of things that inspire me to be honest, but it would go a bit too far to list them all. I can find inspiration from a powerful movie, especially ones that are based on real life events. One that springs to mind for instance is the movie United 93, that tells the tale of the horrible events that happened on 9/11 aboard the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania. It shows how normal people can rise above themselves when faced with impossible and truly terrifying events. One only hopes that whenever something like that happens (and God forbid it ever will again), and you are in the middle of it, you can also find that kind of courage within you. On that note, I always find it inspiring when I see people that are able to help others without ever once thinking about themselves. It never fails to amaze me when I see something like that happening, and it goes to show that luckily there are still some amazing people left on this planet.

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Sometimes we can all use a helping hand….

2. What is your favorite thing about blogging? 

I think you have seen me answer this question many, many times before, but just in case you haven’t: It’s the interaction with everyone in this amazing community. I have met so many people here that have really become incredible friends, that it’s simply said something I will never ever forget. I love interacting with people, exchanging comments, sharing thoughts on things we have in common, in short just having fun. Which is why I can not believe in a life without blogging anymore.

3. If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be and why?

Another easy question (yay!). It’s Raistlin Majere from the Dragonlance saga written by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman. When I first read about this amazing character there were so many things I could relate to. He had a frail health, and people just always seemed to mistake him for weak. But he never gave up in his quest for power and rising above himself (talk about inspiring). Okay…then he ended up wanting to become a God and taking over the world and wanting to kill everybody. So…yeah…not everything he did I could relate to lol. Still…he will always and forever be my most favorite character in fiction.

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Yep, Raistlin again!

4. If you had six months with no obligations or financial constraints, what would you do with the time?

This really is a fun question! The one thing I think I would do is buy a private jet (As I am totally afraid of flying I figured it would be a good way to lessen that fear, seeing as it’s only me and the pilot aboard. So hopefully fewer things that could go wrong). And then: I would make a world tour, visiting everyone I have met on WordPress and who I have become friends with. Because seriously, that would just be the best thing ever!!

5. What is one piece of advice that you would give a new blogger?

Well quite honestly I have a lot of advice, but seeing as I can only name one, I would say it’s this: Don’t be afraid to reach out to other bloggers. I know it can be terrifying to write a comment to someone you have never met before, and giving an opinion on someone’s post. Because really: what if the other person hates what I say? Or who am I to just bother them, right? Wrong! If there is one thing that I have learned it’s the fact that you can learn so much from other people here. And by commenting and talking to others, you will only get better in your writing. And even more importantly: make some great friends along the way!

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Yes….totally shocking: I’m a shy guy 😳

6. Optional: Freebie question – share something with us!

Ugh…now this is a tough question! It seems like I have already shared quite a lot about me through other posts, but I guess there are always things people might have missed. So I’m going to put myself on the spot again by saying something that most people might not realise since I manage to hide it incredibly well (It’s truly an art that I have mastered through years of secret training). But: I’m an incredibly shy person. I have always struggled with a lack of selfworth, and as such I have always had trouble meeting other people or at the most connecting with them. And this is especially true in real life. But over the years I guess things did improve on that front, but it will never go away completely. Oh well, probably the reason I will stay single for all eternity.

And now…for the nominations!

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Who? Me?? Being nominated? Get out of here!!!

I have no idea who has already been nominated for this one, but this is the first time that I have seen this award, so I’m thinking (hoping) that I lucked out in picking my nominees. As always there is no obligation to do this, but I just nominated you because well, you know, you are just all amazing book bloggers in my book (yep…where do I come up with these puns…ahem…)

Lilisblissfulpages

Pooledink

Biblionyan

Modernwichsbookshelf

Bookidote

Well, that’s it…well almost that is. I originally planned this post for a release later this week. But as I felt Nicole needed an extra positivity boost today (and Nicole knows why that is 😉) I decided to finish the post today. So….Nicole: Keep having that faith in yourself, and I know you will do just fine. And above all: never, ever forget how awesome you are! 😊😊

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Good Luck Nicole: even though you won’t need it 😉

Everyone thanks for reading, don’t forget the (future) birthday wishes and telling Nicole how awesome she is in the comments. And…… see you at the next post!!

 

Double feature: The Versatile Blogger Award & The Sunshine Blogger Award

To be nominated for an award is just very humbling. It always really puts a smile on my face every single time. As much as I appreciate them, I honestly have to admit that I don’t always have the time to answer all of them. I am trying to at least play a bit of catch up, and am planning to write a few long over due posts for these later this year. But today I just had to go and thank a blogger who I not only think is very special, but nominated me not once but twice in a row for two awards. I’m talking about the wonderful Anjali. Maybe you have already encountered her blog, but if you haven’t, I urge you very kindly to check it out. She writes amazingly diverse reviews that cover a wide range of topics, but also has other posts that really inspire people. But let me not forget to mention how incredibly kind Anjali is. She is a very gentle soul that always gives amazing comments, and has truly made me blush a couple of times with the support she has shown for me and my blog. So really, thank you Anjali for all your kindness and these awards. This post is for you!

The Versatile Blogger Award

The Rules

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  • Display award
  • Thank the person who gave this award (and include a link to their blog)
  • Share seven things about yourself
  • Nominate bloggers of your choice

Seven things about myself

Now, more than a year ago, about two months after I started my blog I also got nominated for this award. But seeing as that was such a long time ago, and I have gained a lot of new followers since that time most of you probably won’t know about the 7 things that I am going to be sharing here about myself. But just in case you were here since the beginning, and might find a few of these things sound familiar, my apologies for that. So….here we go:

  1. Wasps. I have an irritional fear of wasps. Even though I have never been stung by one of those dispacable creatures (and I really plan on keeping it that way), I am terrified by them. When one comes near me, I overturn tables, and turn into a complete nutcase in trying to get away from it.
  2. Impulse buyer. I am really not a very good friend to my wallet. When I am at a con, or in one of my favorite stores, I usually buy way too much stuff. And at times it’s stuff that I really don’t need, but just because it looks cool I buy it anyway. It also pretty much explains why I have way too many hobbies.

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    Yup…get ready when you read what I have to say about this film. Feel free to call me crazy.
  3. Titanic. I absolutely loved the movie Titanic. It’s still my number one movie to date. So much so in fact that I have seen it nine times in the theatres back in the day. And guess what? The ship still sank every time at the end of the movie.
  4. Shy. Even though you might not notice it when I am writing to you on this blog, or even when you would meet me in real life, but I am a really shy guy. Over the years I have managed to mask it well. But it’s something that I still struggle with.

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    Yup..this can be me at times.
  5. Insecure. Another thing that you might not notice is that I often lack self confidence and can be very insecure. Just like my shyness I manage to hide it well. But there are times when I severely doubt myself, or at times even get worried I might have said something wrong, when I usually already know that isn’t the case. It can be quite annoying let me assure you of that.
  6. Flying. I am afraid of flying. I have never entered, nor do I ever plan on entering a plane. I know everybody keeps telling me it’s the safest way to travel. You have more risk getting into a car. Blah, blah, blah….you are still not getting me into that plane.

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    Home, sweet home.
  7. Home. I don’t go out much. I am much happier staying at home and enjoying my many hobbies than going outside doing stuff. A nice quiet relaxing day reading a book or watching a movie/anime/tv show, is just me having a good time.

My nominations

Just as always, in no way are you obligated to do a post for this. I just wanted to nominate you for having a cool blog and being awesome.

Kingdylbag13

Lilisblissfulpages

Thebookwormdrinketh

Thequirkybooknerd

Ospreyshire

Talesfromtheneonbeach

Perlem

Flowangelic

Oishi

Aldael

Nesha: e’

The Sunshine Blogger Award

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The rules

As part of this award, I am supposed to:

  • Thank the person who nominated me for this.
  • Answer the questions that has been mentioned in the post
  • Post my set of questions for my nominees to answer
  • Nominate users for ‘The Sunshine Blogger Award

Now this is the question that I got asked by Anjali:

We all dream of what we want to do. What we want to be. There are some crazy dreams (like meeting up with aliens or saving the world like Superman) which we know will never happen but still dream about a lot. Then there are those realistic dreams, like being a writer or a doctor or anything which is “sensible”. I want to know what your “crazy” dream and your “sensible ” dreams are.”

Crazy dream: Well, a few you already know that I can be a little bit crazy at times (no I am not going to be mentioning names here, you already know who you are), so a crazy dream should be easy to come up with right? Erm…..🙄 I guess the craziest dream I can come up with is me being able to build a giant transformable robot with alien technology, that I could pilot like in the anime series Macross that I love so very much. It would be awesome to just show up at work in a thing like that and put it in a parking space (of course crushing a couple of cars along the way).

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Yep that would be me finding a parking spot. Hey, I did not say I would be a good pilot.

Sensible dream: Well, my sensible dream is certainly less exciting. It might even sound a little cheesy to some of you, but nonetheless I will share it anyway. My sensible dream is to one day hopefully find a soulmate. Having been alone for most of my life, is quite frankly beginning to get annoying. Sure, I can handle being alone quite good, especially considering the many hobbies that I have. But, I would not mind having someone around to share those hobbies with. So yes, sorry it wasn’t anything more exciting like maybe bring about worldpeace, but I guess I am a hopeless romantic at heart. Wow, putting myself on the spot here now…suddenly that insecurity is beginning to surface again…moving on I guess 🙈🙈

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Soulmates ❤️

My nominations

Just like the award above no one has to feel obligated to do this post. But I nominated you because I think you definitely bring some sunshine to me every day. As for my question, I quite liked the question that was asked by Anjali, so I will ask it too: What is your crazy dream, and what is your sensible dream?

Fragglerocking

Lina

Dani

Pete

Irina

Kim

Auri

Vinnieh

Didi

Kay

Karandi

Thethingsiveseen

Trang & Lashaan

Remy

The Otaku Judge

Now for a change I decided not to nominate Shokamoka , because really, he has to get a break somewhere along the road right? Doesn’t mean I don’t think he deserves this award though 😊

Blogger Appreciation Award!

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I am at times truly humbled by the amount of appreciation and kind words that I have recieved over the past months, ever since I started blogging. I have always said that the best thing about blogging is being a part of an amazing community where I have met all kinds of wonderful people, and some that have really become very good friends. Take Didi Oviatt for instance. I discovered her blog last year and I am very glad that I did. Not only is she is a truly sweet and very kind person who writes wonderful reviews about books, but she also publishes great and often very inspirational posts. It doesn’t stop there though. She is also an author of some very succesful novels. Even though I have yet to read a full novel by her (I know Didi, I’m ashamed I haven’t yet, but I promise to do that this year), I did read a few excerpts from her novels. And suffice it to say, what I read there has left me thirsting for more. Two weeks ago I got nominated by her for an award that I had never heard of before: The Blogger Appreciation Award. Thank you so much for this great honor Didi, and please all of you who haven’t done so already, go and follow her blog. You won’t regret that.

The Rules of the Award:

The rules are simple.

(1) Thank the blogger who nominated you, link back to their site.

(2) Write a paragraph of something positive about yourself.

(3) Nominate and notify as many bloggers as you wish.

(4) Use the award image.

Something Positive About Myself

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Now…this is really the hardest part of this award, writing something positive about myself. I always dish out a lot of compliments to other people, but when it comes to receiving compliments or being positive about me, I really become very shy or don’t really know what to say. But I guess I don’t really have a choice here for this award, as it’s part of the rules! So erm…here goes. I think that I always try to be helpful and supportive to other people as much as I can. Even at the cost of myself at times. But that’s pretty much a part of me that I really never want to lose. I just really become happy when I can offer my help to people, and in turn manage to put a smile on their faces when that support really helps them out. So I guess that is the most positive thing I can think about right now. Phew! That was really hard. Now onwards to a more fun part: my nominations!

My Nominees:

Well as unique as this award is, it is also unique in the fact that there is no limit on the number of people that I can nominate apparently. But that said, I think I will stick to 25 people that I have come to appreciate a lot over the past few months and that I have interacted with the most since I started blogging. Some are veterans, some have just started out with blogging. But all of them deserve it for being incredibly amazing, each and every one in their own ways. So without further ado the nominees are in no particular order (drumroll please:)

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Touchmyspinebookreviews

By Hook Or By Book

Vinnieh

Theorangutanlibrarian

Theotakujudge

MangatoritsukareruKoto

Blameitonchocolate

Thethingsiveseen

Jonspencerreviews

Idrinkandwatchanime

100wordanime

Kdramakisses

Tinyuglyanimal

TheLilyGarden

Indiescifi451

WeekendOtaku

Soneawrites

Confessionsofamoderndracula

Bookidote

CainSLatrani

Talesofbelle

Brendarochelle’sNeverland

Matt-in-the-Hatt

Wildfiremovies

Mattdoylemedia

As always, there is absolutely no obligation to write a post for this. I know how precious your time is, and lord knows I am running behind on these awards and tags  a lot myself (I promise to catch up this year though). But it really is my way of showing appreciation to you. As always thanks for reading, and see you on the next post!

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The Growing Self Blogger Award

Helly everyone. One of the highest honours I think one can receive is to be recognised by a fellow blogger with an award. To my shame though, I have lately really been running behind on making posts for awards and tags. It is seriously embarassing. In the upcoming weeks I’m going to try and make up for this by writing at least two awards post each week in order to catch up. Hopefully real life won’t be interfering with these plans again, but I will do my best. I’ve said it countless times, but one of the best things about blogging is the interacting with everyone. Some of you out there have really became amazing blogging friends, but there are always some people that are even more special.

A couple of weeks ago I came across a blog called Touch my spine book reviews. Featuring incredible reviews for, you guessed it alright novels, there is more to this blog than meets the eye. And I am not talking about Transformers here. No, not only are the reviews amazing to read, but there are also great posts with gifs that manage to put a smile on my face, whenever I’m feeling down. But it is the person behind this blog, that makes it so special: the great and wonderful Dani. To say she is a very kind soul that despite everything she is going through herself cares so much for others would be a complete understatement. She is one of the most amazing bloggers that I have met, and she really has become a great friend. So if you are not yet following her, quit reading this and do so ASAP. To my astonishment I got nominated by her for an award that I had not yet heard of, The Growing Self Blogger Award. When I read what this award was about, I was stunned. It really is a great honor. Thank you so much Dani for this fantastic award, and really never change: as you are so fond of saying: You Rock!

WHAT IS THE GROWING SELF BLOGGER AWARD?

“The Growing Self Blogger Award has been created to acknowledge and celebrate amazing individuals, in the blogging community, who are persevering through life’s challenges not only to GROW as individuals, but to reach out and help others GROW as well.” ~Roda

THE RULES:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank the individual that nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Describe the award and mention the creator: Roda @ @Growingself.blog
  • Nominate up to 5 blogs. Remember, the purpose of this award is to specifically celebrate those individuals that make a difference in the lives of others.
  • Give 1 reason why you nominated each individual.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

I NOMINATE :

Cain S. Latrani I have been following Cain for a very long time now. And to say that I am impressed by this man is just giving him way to little credit. Out of respect for his privacy I am not going to say what he is currently going through, but you can read that on his blog. I am also not going to say how I can understand what he is feeling right now, because truly I can’t. But for him to find the strength to keep posting high quality content nearly each day, and at times make even apologies to his readers when he misses a post has truly baffled me. If there is anyone who deserves this award it is him, as he manages to truly and utterly inspire me with each and every post.

Karandi James The great Karandi from 100wordanime, is probably the first blog I followed when I started my blogging career, now more than a year ago. In fact I think we both started our blogs at pretty much the same time. This lady is a miracle worker. She publishes posts every day, sometimes two or three at a time, while still maintaining an amazing quality. But she also manages to comment on nearly every blog that is out here, while at the same time showcasing posts from other blogs as well. How she sometimes manages to do this, together with a dayjob is simply beyond me. (I suspect either clones or black sorcery lol). She is a driving force in the anime community and a truly amazing individual that you just have to follow if you are not already doing so.

Irina Now I haven’t been following Irina for a very long time, but these past few weeks have been a blast. She always finds time to respond to your comments while at the same time making very cool posts. Her humor is one of the things I like most about her. Every post just has some kind of joke in it, that at times has really put tears into my eyes. And occasionally that has managed to let me spill my drinks too lol.(Why I am laughing about this last statement I don’t really know). Seriously though, not only has her blog been growing at an astonishing rate, she also is the inventor of the Blogwarming Party. This wonderful idea showcases new blogs that have only just started out and puts them in the spotlight. A truly incredible and selfless act, so that is why I think she more than deserves this award.

Vinnieh What to say about this man? Everything I say is probably way too less, but I will try and make an attempt anyway. Vinnieh runs not one, but two blogs. The first features amazing movie reviews. I always thought that I knew a lot about movies, but I have more than met my match. His knowledge about the world of film is astounding and I have discovered some incredible new movies because of his reviews. His other blog is a bit naughty and features the world of erotica but in a very tasteful way. He is also one of those miracle workers that not only writes terrific posts, but always responds to your comments in a very kind way and sometimes almost as soon as you post them. He really has grown into a terrific friend, and is also one of the most kindhearted indivuals you will meet on WordPress.

Sonea If I would not have included Sonea for this one I would seriously have cursed myself forever. Another person that I have really grown to admire over the past few months, Sonea is a woman that just never gives up. Again out of respect for privacy I’m not going to say what she has been going through, but trust me on this when I say it is very, very hard. She has been out of blogging for a while, and is now slowly getting back into it, but I do know it still is very tough for her to do so. Her reviews are absolutely amazing and written in a way that at times almost seems as if she is writing a novel. But it is her strength that I really respect. Despite everything that is going on with her, she still manages to comment on posts, and write posts herself. It is something that I don’t know if I could ever do. I really wish you all the best Sonea and I truly hope your amazing courage will never fail you.

IN CLOSING

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The hardest part for doing this post was the rule that I could only nominate five blogs. Alas, I did not make the rules so five nominees it is. I wish I could nominate more people, because I think that pretty much every blog that I follow is amazing. You all inspire me in some way, and I can only say keep doing what you are doing!

 

 

The Versatile Blogger Award

Before I start this post, I want to apologise for taking so long to finally get around to this one. I always find it incredibly humbling to get an award for my blog, and I was actually nominated twice for this one.

The first nomination I received from Sophiethestark. Now if you have not yet seen her blog, or her many comments on other blogs, seriously where have you been all these months (just kidding ofcourse). Her blog is absolutely amazing though, and she has always been  very supportive of my own blog. Moreover she always has a kind word to say about posts you publish, and it truly amazes me that people spent their precious time doing that. So, if you are not yet following her blog, hit that subscribe button now. And ofcourse, thank you so much Sophie.

The second nomination I received from Alli who runs an amazing blog called Wormalblog. Now, the term Versatile pretty much falls short regarding her blog. She blogs about an enormous range of different topics, and she is a truly sweet and kind person to talk to. So I guess you know what to do, right? Just hit the link button and subscribe. I promise you won’t regret it. And ofcourse a big thank you for you as well Alli, for nominating me for this award. It really is awesome!

The Rules

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  • Display award
  • Thank the person who gave this award (and include a link to their blog)
  • Share seven things about yourself
  • Nominate bloggers

7 Things about me

Well, this is really getting to be a very difficult question to answer. Having received two awards where I already shared 7 things before, I am pretty much running out of things to say that you don’t already know. But let’s see if I can find some new things that are not too erm, boring I guess is the right word?

1. My favorite alltime science fiction movie is Aliens. (I am not counting Star Wars, because that is a franchise and in my opinion a whole league of it’s own lol). As for Aliens, I have seen that movie so many times, that I have pretty much lost count and almost know it by heart.

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2. I am more happy staying at home, than going outside. Then again with the enormous amount of hobbies that I invest my time in, I am never bored. Well…..almost never.

3. I can at times be an impulse buyer. If I happen to see a movie or tv show, or even a cool advertisement for something, I can be very easily persuaded to buy stuff I don’t really need. Which pretty much explains the enormous backlog I have.

4. I can occasionally cry when I see a movie. Yes, I know I am a guy, but I am not ashamed to admit it. It does not happen very often though, mind you.

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5. I really like handing out compliments. It is receiving compliments that is way harder to accept. I think that is a thing I will always continue to struggle with, and something I will never grow comfortable with.

6. There is one novel that I have read that literally kept me up at night, because I could not put it down (it was so good). That novel is called The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks. It was at 4 o’clock at night that I realised it had become very late indeed.

7. I have an irrational fear of wasps. As soon as there is one close to me, I turn into a screaming idiot, and try to run away as fast as I can (while avoiding stumbling over my own feet, furniture ot whatever else might be close by)

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The honorable nominees

Just as it is getting harder to find seven new things about myself, it also getting hard to find people who have not yet been nominated for this award. That said, the following blogs definitely deserve it, so go check them out, if you are not already following them.

1. Soneawrites a fantastic blog that deals what Anime, movies, books, games, and all kinds of other cool stuff. The blog layout is seriously cool looking, and the posts are also very enjoyable to read.

2. Heyitszel a wonderful blog that deals with all things anime, but does it in so many original ways that variety does not even cover it properly. For instance one of her recent features deals with architecture in anime, which is very cool and original. And she is also a very kind person to talk to.

3. Renxkyoko’s space another very cool blog that deals with so many different subjects that it is almost impossible to cover them all. Simply hit the link and check it out for yourself. I’m pretty sure you will find it to your liking.

4. Artistbybeauty a blog that I have not been following for very long, but which has already made a very lasting impression on me. There are so many different subjects on her blog, that it is always a surprise what will be next. Ranging from tutorials on how to make paper flowers, book reviews, games, and all sorts of other things, variety is exactly the right description for this one.

And that as they say, is that. Thank you for reading and see you at the next post.

 

One Lovely Blog Award 2

Sometimes, just sometimes, real life catches up to you. For those of you that have been following my blog for a while now, you might have noticed that the past two weeks I have been a little bit less active than usual. I have checked in with everyone’s blog where I could, but the posts for my own blog were a bit slower than normal. My apologies for that, but the past two weeks my thoughts were a little bit pre-occupied with other things. Hence the beginning, sometimes real life catches up to you.

Now, I am running behind on a few things, most importantly a few of you gave my blog a reward. I always appreciate this very much, and over the coming weeks I will try to catch up on these as much as I can, starting today. First up is the “One Lovely Blog Award” that was given to me by D-talks Anime. Now if you have not yet signed up to their blog, than I want you to stop reading this, hit the link and subscribe. Don’t worry, I will wait….All done? Oh, you want a reason to sign up? Well how about the fantastic posts on anime that are being published on their blog? They are always a pleasure to read, and more over it is really cool (and always a lot of fun) to exchange thoughts with them. Don’t take my word for it, just head over there and be amazed. D, I would almost forget, thank you so very much for this nomination, I really appreciate it a lot 😀

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The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
  • Add the One Lovely Blog Award to your post
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Pass this on to as many people as you like (max 15)
  • Include this set of rules
  • Inform your nominees

Seven things about little old me…

This being the second time that I have been nominated for this award, it was actually a bit hard to find another seven things to share. But…I came up with a few things regardless.

One: My favorite alltime book character is Raistlin Majere from the Dragonlance Chronicles written by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman (if you have yet to read these novels, track them down ASAP)

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Two: My favorite food is any kind of Italian pasta.

Three: People have accused me of lying when I tell them that I don’t own a smartphone. This is no joke, I actually don’t own one, but I do have an IPad (see…I can be modern 😂😂)

Four: At times I have a real problem saying no to things. I always want to go out of my way to help people, but at times at the cost of myself. Oh well, I still would not want to have it any other way 😀

Five: My favorite horror serial killer is Jason Voorhees. Yes the friday the 13th movies are horrible, but in fact they are so horrible that I enjoy them so very, very much 😂😂

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Six: I almost never get angry (no lie), but one thing that can really set me off is injustice. That is really a thing I can get angry over…(no I am not going to give an example in case I might get angry….and you would not like me when I get angry 😂)

Seven: I don’t drink alcohol. No not because I have any kind of morality issue with it, but simply because I don’t like the taste of the stuff. And I don’t need it to have fun at a party: You bring the fun with you right?

The nominees

Now this time, I am going to give the nominations to a few blogs that I have recently started to follow and have pretty much just started. Not only do I think that they deserve this nomination, but I also feel that they are really on their way to grow, but just need a little bit more spotlight. So…here we go:

Arsangeli Honestly, I almost can’t believe this blog so far only has nine people following it. (At least that’s what it says on the reader, so I could be wrong). There is some truly fantastic (anime style) art on display at this blog, and the amount of talent involved is simply amazing.

Hyoukablog  Anime reviews, amazing poems, this blog features it all. I think this blog is one of the more unique ones that I have started following, and I really like reading all those wonderful poems.

Brendarochelles Neverland Actually, this blogger isn’t new, she is in fact the first person I met when I started blogging. She used to have a different blog, but recently she has started up a new one, but still has way too less subscribers (At least in my opinion). Her blog features movie, anime,K-drama and book reviews which are a joy to read. Not only that, she is just one of the kindest persons you will meet, and it is always nice to talk to her about a review.

The comic vault One would almost not believe that this blog has started up just a few days ago, but it did. The blog looks seriously amazing and features very cool posts about all of your favorite superheroes. (And also the lesser known ones).

Just anime times This blog features a lot of reviews about my favorite genre of anime: Mecha Anime. The classics, but also the lesser known ones, the reviews are very insightful, and showcases animeseries that I haven’t even heard of before.

Palbableemotion what to say about this blog? How about a seriously cool blog, and a very kind person behind it all? I really like the style of the reviews that are posted (with pictures featuring the anime), and the posts themselves are awesome to read!

Toritsukamanga A really cool blog about the world of Manga and anime with a lot of great and fun posts. Even though I don’t read a lot of Manga, I still really enjoy reading the reviews on this blog.

Remyfool Okay, I admit it, I cheated a bit on this nomination, as this blog is not really new. Still, I have not been following this blog for very long, and we both came to the conclusion that we might have both been living under a rock for not noticing each other’s blog sooner lol. That said, this is another fantastic anime and manga blog, with a lot of fun and interesting posts to read.

So, that’s it for this post. As I have said I wanted to put a bit of spotlight on a few of the newer blogs out there, but in my opinion everyone that is taking the effort to start up a blog, or has been a veteran, pretty much deserves a reward. Blogging at times can be hard, but it is times like these, and interacting with all the wonderful people out there, that make it all worthwhile. See you next time! 😀

The Unique Blogger Award

Last week I was nominated for the second time for the Unique Blogger Award. Seriously people, I am pretty much getting stunned by all these awards. It is a really humbling experience, and as I am already a pretty shy guy, I am getting ever more shy by these awards 😂 Seriously though, I appreciate it very much. But first I want to thank D from Dtalksanime for nominating me for this award. If you like Anime and have not yet subscribed to D’s blog, than stop what you are doing, and subscribe now. His blog features fantastic and well written reviews and other fun things about the world of anime. And I do mean fun, because one of the things I really like is that often there is a great sense of humor written into the post, something I truly enjoy. All I can say is keep up the great and fantastic work you are doing with writing each post, and once again: thank you so very much 😀

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The Rules

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you
  • Answer the questions
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award
  • Ask them 3 questions

D’s QuestionS

1. If there’s a zombie Apocalypse, would you rather become a zombie during the first wave of infections or survive (to possibly be eaten by zombies) ?

Well this one is easy: survive to be possibly be eaten by zombies. That last thing ofcourse will never happen as I have my friends Rick, Daryl and Michone to protect me. (Hopefully I don’t have to explain who these bad ass people are 😂😂) And ofcourse I would become a living arsenal of weapons myself in order to not let them bite me 😂 (The zombies that is, not Rick, Daryl and Michone)

2. Five anime you plan to watch

My “to watch list” has actually turned itself into a “to watch book”, so it features an endless wave of animeseries, movies and normal television shows. But since we are talking about anime, here they are in no particular order: Psycho-Pass (already started on that one, and boy is it amazing), Terror in Resonance, Steins Gate, Yuri on Ice (I have seen every blog raving about that one, so even though it is not my usual cup of tea, I will give it a try) and finally Vision of Escaflowne (yes I know it is a classic and I have already kicked myself about a 100 times for still not having seen it)

3.Your least favorite and favorite time of the day

This one is also easy to answer: I don’t have a favorite or least favorite time of day. I don’t care what time it is, I always have enough stuff to do (be it work or relaxing). As such I am active throughout the entire day except while I am sleeping, because at that point I am, erm sleeping (Duh).

My nominations:

I have recently started following a few new blogs, which are all unique in their own special way. Some of these have just started, and some of these are veterans. Every one of them deserves this award though, and are well worth checking out.

Wretchedanddivine

Cauthan

Howusefulitis

Paintdigi

Unimetv

Hyoukablog

Lethargicramblings

Kjtamusings

My Questions:

With the end of the year coming ever closer, I thought to make up at least two questions that kind of reflect on the upcoming holiday season.

  1. It’s almost Christmas. What will you be doing on that day?
  2. What things are you looking forward to the most for the upcoming year?
  3. My “to watch book” is almost to much to manage. How do you keep track of things to watch, and how do you select the next thing to watch?

 

 

 

The Blogger Recognition Award: Special add-on

A couple of days ago I got nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award. You can read my post for it right here. Now I nominated in the tradition of this award (and ofcourse because they all deserved the nomination very much), another 15 bloggers. To my big surprise one of those nominees, nominated me back 😀 Now, I have been thinking a bit about how to handle this one, and that is why I came up with this special add-on. It would be a bit pointless to write the same post that I wrote two days ago (my advice hasn’t changed lol 😂), but what I do want to do is to thank the person who nominated me back, and put his blog in the spotlight a bit.

So here we go: thank you very much for nominating me back : Cainslatrani 😀 He has a very unique and diverse blog, featuring fantasy stories (he is a writer too, and a very good one judging from the posts he writes), Anime and features on Dungeons and Dragons. The posts he writes are filled with a lot of humor and always very interesting to read. So, if you haven’t yet, go and subscribe to his blog. You won’t regret it 😀

I realise this might be bending the rules of the award a bit, but when I get nominated for an award, I really appreciate it a lot. As such I wanted to write this short kind of add on post, as a thank you to Cainslatrani (and to let him know again that I have still no intentions of overthrowing the Gods 😂😂).

The Blogger Recognition Award

Today is monday, and it really is my least favorite day of the week (as I guess it is for most people). However the first thing I saw this morning, before heading off for work, was that I had been nominated for The Blogger Recognition Award. And just like that this monday just became an incredible day. Honestly it is really getting  hard to find the right words to say how much I am feeling honoured by getting this kind of recognition for my blog. My thanks go out to Sophiethestark who gave my this award. I really, really appreciate it. If you haven’t already, check out her incredibly awesome blog Blameitonchocolate, which covers a lot of things ranging from Anime to books, and even videogames. Once again my thanks, you are awesome 😀

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The Rules

  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started
  • Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers
  • Select up to 15 other blogs you want to give the award to

The beginning

My blog started pretty much as an experiment. On my Facebook site, I used to post small reviews for movies I liked in Dutch. But at times I just got a bit annoyed at the whole Facebook environment. I did really like writing reviews however, and I started thinking about how I could continue to do that, but without Facebook. One day I came across a review for a movie, (honestly I can’t remember which movie it was anymore), and I saw the wordpress.com link on it.

After doing some research for it, I decided to give it a go. It took me some time to actually get it started as I am not actually a very technical kind of guy, but eventually I managed to create a site. I started almost half a year ago now, and honestly I have been having a blast. I had never expected to enjoy blogging this much, as it really has become a part of my daily routine.

Even though I don’t publish a post every day, I do check in every day, either to respond to comments, or read post from so many other great blogs I am currently following. Yes it takes time, but I consider it time well spent. One of the most fun things to date has been meeting all kinds of wonderfull people, and just sharing thoughts on all kinds of things. I don’t think I can ever give this up now, and I am definitely not planning to do so.

My advice for new bloggers

As mentioned above I have not been blogging yet for long so I would not in any way consider myself in a position to give advice in any way. Here are two things that I myself, think (emphasis on think), that might be important:

  • Cherish your followers. This might seem like a nobrainer, but I am still sometimes truly amazed that people take time to read my posts, and even at times post a response to them. Time is a very precious commodity, and as such I am just very appreciative every day, when I see likes or comments to posts that I wrote. So I guess this is also a big shoutout and thank you to everyone who has been following me so far. And that is what I meant by cherish your followers, never take it for granted, and always be respectful, even if someone might have a different view on something you wrote 😀
  • Write from the heart. When writing posts try to put something in it from yourself. This sounds a bit weird, but what I mean is try at times to make a post personal. It doesn’t mean that you should completely open up the floodgates and let every emotion that you have out (that might become messy lol), but still adding in something personal, can make a post somewhat more interesting (and a little humor at times, doesn’t hurt either😂)

 

The honorable nominees

  1. Cainslatrani
  2. Dtalksanime
  3. Japanimetalks
  4. Littleanimeblog
  5. Animetai
  6. Fragglepuss
  7. Tensecondsfromnow
  8. Anjimplays
  9. Strictlyridiculous
  10. Kurosamareviews
  11. Themaniacalbookunicorn
  12. Readingthroughinfinity
  13. Inthecubbyhole
  14. Brendarochelle
  15. Otakuorbit

Honestly, I did not check if you might have already have a nomination, but if you do, well….now you have two 😀

Thanks for reading, and see you next time !