The Liebster Award

Yes, I know an award doesn’t mean anything… BUT IM SO HAPPY I FINALLY GOT IT T>T i mean it was quite depressing seeing your whole feed full of Liebster Nominees without your name HAHA maybe it’s a sign of how lousy I am as a blogger XD

Tagged by WakuWafu: Check out his Liebster Nomination! (Part 1) and (Part 2)

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What is the Liebster Award? 

From the Official Website:

“The Liebster Award was created to recognize and/or discover other bloggers.

It has German origins – the word “liebster” has several definitions: dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, welcome, sweetheart and boyfriend.

The choice lies within each of us to ACCEPT it, and continue PAYING IT FORWARD or to refuse to accept it, thereby STOPPING or INTERRUPTING the chain. However, if you stop the chain, you are only hurting yourself.

I would like to add that you can nominate someone who already has been given this award, as long as they have less than 1000 followers/subscribers. The idea behind this award is to recognize new bloggers and help promote them! The benefit is that you get from doing this is that you get some promotion, too! (Think about it, if they are obligated to link to you, then whomever lands on their site could also click the link and land on yours. If you multiply the number of people who can potentially see and land on your blog, you can clearly see that you will get more readers, more business and reach more people. This is just another way to help get your blog “out there”!) ”

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1) What made you start a blog?

In July 2014, I realised that watching anime alone was not a meaningful activity. Since I had a personal blog back then, I decided to start another blog, which would revolve around anime. However, I didn’t want to be like the thousands of anime review blogs; I wanted to be unique and outstanding. So, I asked myself, “What do you want to give the readers?” And the first thought that came to my mind, was encouragement and motivation. Thus, I wrote posts on perseverance and optimism. The more I wrote, the more diverse my topics became, and then, it transformed into the Zyrogate Faine you see here today :3

2) What’s one show you would consider a hidden gem? 

Selector Infected/Spread WIXOSS

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Okay, it’s not the best anime ever, but I extremely loved it. Why? Simply because it exceeded all of my initial expectations. I originally perceived it to be a cute, flashy anime that focused on the theme of perseverance, especially when the MC is battling against a tough, overbearing opponent. But not only did it accomplish that, the friendship in Season 1 was utterly sweet and the “Despair VS Hope” theme was just superb in Season 2. Darkest anime I have ever seen, both metaphorically and literally ((I swear the kidnapping scene was so dark even with max brightness)) As dark as it may be, it is definitely not dull, and it really shines as bright as any well done anime in the industry. In my opinion, this anime is truly a hidden gem.

3) Who is your favourite character in anime or outside of anime?

I like a handful of characters, but no character that I have seen, has ever been able to catch my full attention and overwhelm me with its personality. Similar to real life, I have yet to find the one for me 🙂

But if I were just to consider appearance solely, it would have to be Takeru from Kamigami no Asobi :3

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4) What is one superpower you would like to have?

Nothing.

Now, before you start calling me dumb, I’d like to defend myself.

Take Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de (When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace) for example. They definitely possessed one of the best superpowers in the world: the power to manipulate time, the power to materialize any object, THE POWER TO CTRL-Z ANYTHING.

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But could any of them get Andou to fall in love with them? Could Chifuyu use her powers to solve her friendship problems with Kuki? Could Sayumi use her powers to become a perfect lady? And could Hatoko use her powers to understand WHAT THE HECK ANDO IS TALKING ABOUT SOMETIMES?

favourite anime episode of all time :3

favourite anime episode of all time :3

Indeed, superpowers could solve certain struggles and make life more convenient and comfortable. But it cannot solve everything. Furthermore, these struggles in life are what makes us who we are! We have overcome those obstacles through sheer determination, sweat and toil. Through those obstacles, we have grown as a human being, as an individual. If we used our superpowers to ramp through all those walls, all that’s left is a pile of rubble. Instead, we could look for the entrance, obtain the key, and walk through the door of success.

And anyways, I believe in facts and science, so here’s the hard truth: superpowers do not exist.

5) Do you have a least favourite show?

Nope I don’t exactly have a least favourite show. There are some which I do not like, but I don’t exactly rank the bottom few.

6) What’s the funniest joke you’ve ever come across in anime?

Dang. I really can’t rmb any… I should try to save some of the screencaps in the future. Well, if you want jokes, you could watch Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, it was one of the funniest anime I watched.

7) Who is one character you identify yourself with most?

I identify myself most with Sheele from Akame ga Kill! Even though she was the first member to die, she left the most significant impact on me, for I could empathise with her. Throughout her life, she wanted to be useful to others. She had a knack for killing people, so she wanted to utilize this skill to help others. I, too, want to be of use to others. Sorry for this analogy, but I don’t mind if they use me as a condom and throw me away, I just want to contribute to their life. When I die, I want to be at least remember for all the things I have done for others, such that I won’t die hollow and empty.  Despite dying, Sheele definitely succeeded in her life goal. She sacrificed herself for Mine, and that’s the biggest contribution anyone can ever give.

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Plus, I find myself to be quite quiet as well, similar to Sheele. However, I also have this scary, cold personality inside of me, which very rarely surfaces, only in extreme conditions. Like Sheele, I only display this attitude to people that I hate, whom tends to be individuals that hurt/bully others. I unleashed this fury twice so far, but I hope that it won’t surface again? So please don’t make me angry ^^

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8) When you are feeling sad, what cheers you up most of all?

I blast anime songs on my earpieces, especially uplifting songs like Dancing Dolls from Soul Eater Not!, and Hanayamata from Hanayamata.

9) What is the one thing you would most like to do this year?

To carry out the action which is synonymous to the act of stepping out of the cupboard 🙂

10) Which was your favourite anime of this year/last year?

Last Year: Nagi no Asukara / No Game No Life

This Year: Death Parade / Assassination Classroom

I know it is too early to say for 2015, but both of them are one of the best anime I have ever seen, though I have only watched around 100 anime.

11) If you could change one thing about anime, what would it be?

Gay and lesbian couples (Yaoi & Yuri) becoming a normal occurrence in mainstream anime, even if they are merely side characters. There are a lot of Yaoi & Yuri anime now, but they are always classified under the ‘Yaoi’ or ‘Yuri’ category. I want to change it such that Yaoi & Yuri becomes assimilated into normal anime as a minor aspect, and majority of people do not mind it. This will then hopefully lead to a slight improvement in attitude towards homosexuals in real life.

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11 Facts About Myself

  1. I am a Singaporean guy, 16 years old.
  2. I am a Fudanshi and proud to be one 🙂
  3. I only started watching anime in December 2013
  4. I have Strabismus Amblyopia (lazy eye), where my right eye is slanted to the right even though I may be looking forward
  5. Once upon a time, I played LoL but I got rid of the addiction 😀
  6. I was a Scout for 4 years
  7. Now, I am in a Theatre Arts (English Drama) club
  8. School takes up almost 70% of my life, the rest belonging to anime, blogging, friends and family ((don’t really have time to do anything else T>T))
  9. I want to be a community volunteer in the future, but due to financial reasons, I might have to be a chemical engineer, which I am still also quite interested in.
  10. My favourite subject is English Literature bc although I’m not good at it, I love how there is so much meaning and significance behind those mere words 🙂
  11. The only foreign countries I have been to are Malaysia and Hong Kong. ((Meanwhile, my friends and classmates go to Australia/Europe/US every year, so…))

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My Nominations

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Questions for You

1) For what purpose, did you start blogging?

2) What is the reason behind your blog name?

3) Why is the sky blue?

4) Are your mindset and actions influenced by society/religion?

5) Intelligence Quotient (IQ) vs Emotional Quotient (EQ), which is more important?

6) How do you envision the world to be like in 50 years time? What differences will there be between today’s society and then?

7) What is the one thing that you want to do most this year? How are you going to achieve it?

8) Favourite character in anime of all time?

9)  Favourite OP/ED?

10) Favourite anime of 2014?

11) What does the fox say?

Note: Q8, 9 and 10 are questions on anime. If you feel that any questions in this list are not applicable to you, you can choose not to answer it.

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Official Rules of the Liebster Award

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.

Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)

Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.

Provide 11 random facts about yourself.

Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)

Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.

List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.)

Once you have written and published it, you then have to: Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!).

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Thankew for reading my Liebster Award post! If you can relate to anything that I have shared, feel free to tell me in the comments below! ^^

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Change Is Sometimes Necessary

The world of anime often point out many good life lessons and values that are worth noting. However, once in a blue moon, I come upon a statement that I disagree with.

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Of course, it is good to remain who you are; retain the idiosyncrasies that make you unique. However, it is a fact that the world is constantly changing. If we live in the past, and are unable to adapt to the present situation, we might not be able to perform well in the society. A very simple example would be gold vs money. Gold was more useful and precious in the past, but it became increasingly irrelevant when money began to be globally acknowledged as the main form of currency. Even though gold was a treasure previously, its value has dropped since then. Thus, we need to adapt to the times, and not simply follow traditions and rules of the past.

Along with the world, ideologies change. We are human beings and all of us possess the ability to see the situation for ourselves and adapt accordingly to ensure a beneficial result. From one of my previous posts, Christianity & Homosexuality, I quote: “…maybe we should take, the words from a book written over 3000 years ago, with a pinch of salt.” Times have changed. Homosexuality may have had been a sin then, but does it still have to remain a sin now? Who are the ones who possess the ability to determine what is correct and wrong? Is it those who live 3000 years ago? NO! It is US! We have the choice to decide whether we want to accept certain things or not, instead of blindly roleplaying people from the past! WE CAN CHANGE IF WE WANT TO!

All in all, it is ideal for you to remain as you. But if your characteristics are inhibiting you from living happily in the current society, maybe it is time to slightly alter them. In life, we definitely have instances whereby it is required of us to step out of our comfort zones, and start to do things that we are uncomfortable with. But adaptation is after all, essential for survival. If human beings did not adapt, we would be extinct due to the significant change in temperature from centuries ago.

But if you feel that there is no need for that, then BY ALL MEANS, STAY WHO YOU ARE RIGHT NOW! You don’t have to fit with the crowd to survive; and you definitely don’t have to follow what is expected of society. People say you’re weird? PLEASE STAY WEIRD! I mean, after all, who would want a normal person when you can just find plenty of those down the street? But in the end, it is up to you who you want to be: a typical person or a unique individual~

Christianity & Homosexuality

BEFORE I BEGIN: In this post, I will be describing my opinions towards the rejection of homosexuality by a significant amount of people due to their beliefs in Christianity. I am absolutely not criticising Christianity, but I am just stating my thoughts from a non-Christian point of view. Religion and homosexuality are two of the most sensitive issues in the world, and I really really really do not have any intention of offending anyone. Once again, this is MY opinion, and there is no such thing as a correct or wrong opinion. If I have unintentionally insulted you and/or your religion, I apologise.

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Kiseijuu Episode 4

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That analogy from Kiseijuu is pretty extreme, but I would just like to utilise the concepts shown in these few scenes: ‘God’ and ‘sending a message’. For the ‘Parasytes’, they received a message, almost an order, to devour the human species. Thus, the Parasytes obeyed that order.

And no, I am not trying to say that those Christians who do not accept homosexuality are mindless human beings. But their reasons for their anti-gay behaviour, are usually something along the lines of “Because the Bible says this…”, so on and so forth. Now, I do not disagree that the Bible is one of the wisest sources of knowledge in the entire world, and there are many things that can be learnt from it. But this argument is flawed.

Firstly, the opposition’s argument is based on the assumption that their interpretation of the Bible is entirely accurate, which would allow them to safely say that the Bible condemns homosexuality. This issue has been tackled very well by Justin Lee here, from “Argument #4” onwards. In a nutshell, Lee states in his opinion, that many people might have misinterpreted what the Bible said at certain instances, where actually, homosexuality had just been used as an example to easily relate to the audience at that point in time. For more information, please refer to the website as it points out and elaborates further on this aspect.

But for now, let us assume that the Bible does indeed condemn homosexuality, and that the reason for your argument is entirely valid. So, in other words, the Bible sends a message that homosexuality is erroneous, and hence, all who believe in the Bible should believe in this mindset, and carry out the relevant action, which is to inhibit gay marriage and sex. Am I correct to say so? I don’t know about you, but my family often uses this analogy: “If XXX calls you to jump down the building, would you obey him/her and commit suicide?” Again, taking your own life is, of course, a very extreme course of action. However, isn’t restricting two people in love from getting married, an equally serious problem too?

Going back to topic, all I am suggesting is that, maybe we should take, the words from a book written over 3000 years ago, with a pinch of salt. The Bible gives a clear description of life in the past, but is it still an accurate portrayal of our current society? Mindsets were more rigid then, but now that our thinking has developed, and human beings have went through much more experiences, aren’t we able to be more flexible in our ideologies? Can’t everyone realise that gender is but just a social construct, and that behind that physical façade, we are all the same people, trying to find love, trying to experience love, trying to love?

All I want to say is that, do not do something because someone told you to do so. You have a brain, so think for yourself. God may be God, but we should all live for our own selves, live our own lives, instead of living a life someone else told you to live. In life, there are many preconceived notions of what is correct and wrong, such as gender stereotypes. These ‘directives’ compels us to do what is ‘expected’ of us, even if it is against our will. Pardon my language, but fuck these ‘rules and regulations’. You are you, not a girl that has to play with dolls and wear skirts, not a boy that has to play with toy cars and wear pants. LIVE YOUR OWN LIFE! #YOLOSELAMIM

Because in my opinion, not living your own life, is the greatest sin of all.

If You Are LGBT, Would You Want To Be Treated Like How An LGBT Is Treated?

Tokyo ESP Episode 8

Society’s Mindset
Human = Good
Esper = Bad

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I know it may be a little far-fetched, but in my opinion, the portrayal of the society’s mindset towards espers is similar to the portrayal of our real-life society’s mindset towards the LGBT community.

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Being Gay will lead to loss of trust in society.

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Being Gay is not the correct behaviour of a child.

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Being Gay will destroy your future.

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However, everyone does not realise that…

Being Gay isn’t a choice.

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It’s not like people want to be gay; they are just born that way, with a preference towards the same gender. Just like the espers, they became what they are naturally as the fishes passed through their bodies.

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Imagine if you are the one that the fish passed through, and thus, became an esper, would you want to be subjected to the same hate that espers face by the society?

Imagine if you are gay, would you want to experience the prejudice and discrimination the LGBT community has to go through?

Imagine if you are different from the rest, would you want to receive inferior treatment just became you are deemed as having an ‘incorrect’ behaviour?