rikuo06’s Answers to Anime Blog Carnival: CHEAP TRICKS Edition

Time for me to answer my own questions first.

Anime Blog Carnival: CHEAP TRICKS Edition!

Rules

If you’re tagged, please write a reply post answering the following questions. Be as concise or long-winded as you like. Please link back to this page and whoever tagged you, then tag at least two additional people (the more the better) and give each of them a silly nickname. Then find the nearest or most convenient person available online or in real life and shout “CHEAP TRICKS!” at them in your best rage voice/face. Afterwards, wish them a Happy Thanksgiving or simply bid them good day. If you were actually angry with the person, you may optionally slug them in the face with your fist, though this is not recommended.

Questions

  1. What is one CHEAP TRICK that you can’t stand or have problems with? CHEAP TRICK implies some method or element that is used towards some effect or end, whether explicitly or just in your head. It also implies that it worked on you at least once before you got wise of it. This may be something related to anime, manga, games, novels, or whatever comes to mind.
  2. What is one CHEAP TRICK that still gets you every time? For example, maybe some sad girls in the snow make you tear up no matter how lame you think the actual story is. Or maybe there’s that one voice actor or artist on board that makes a product a must-watch/read/play for you, regardless of the overall quality.
  3. What was one scene in an anime/manga/game/novel/etc. that conveyed it’s emotion so strongly that your own feelings were caught up in it? Grief, relief, joy, depression, fear, or of course rage. Note that this is different from your reaction to something outside of the in-story emotional content, like raging at a terribly written plot development or BEST GIRL not getting her deserved ending, unless the characters themselves express the same emotion.
  4. BONUS QUESTION: Thanksgiving Times (optional) – What’s one thing you’re thankful for this year/season/week/day/moment?
  5. BONUS QUESTION: Blogathon Blitz (optional) – What’s the latest and greatest blog or website you’ve discovered, and why should people check it out? If you haven’t found any new ones lately, recommend an old one that you think deserves more attention.

Answers

  1. 3DCG characters in anime series. I thought it was pretty neat at first. And there are some damn fine MMD videos. But do I want entire anime series looking like it was made in MMD? No, no I don’t. Arpeggio of Blue Steel: Ars Nova really tries hard to make it appealing, but I just can’t swallow. I sure hope the KanColle anime avoids taking the same route. Before, I would have said Black☆Rock Shooter was an exception, because Imaishi, but man was some of that Kill la Kill CG broken. Oh wait, that’s because Trigger was broke.

    satsuki walking up walls


    Click to see Satsuki-sama gracefully walk up a wall.

  2. I’m gonna have to go with the favorite seiyuu answer on this one. And that would be the overwhelmingly popular Hanazawa Kana. The voice that makes otakus’ hearts go fuwa fuwari fuwa fuwaru around the globe. Give her a substantial role in a series, and I’ll give it a go, no matter how banal or unappealing the rest of the show seems. Case in point: I finished Zettai Bouei Leviathan. Though to the show’s defense, the rest of the voicing cast was great as well, and the show’s plot (and horribly conspicuous CG dragons) were dumb in a way that amused me. The problem is that, at the rate she’s picking up roles (up to 8 shows this season alone), I’ll never be able catch up on all of them!

    hanakana fairy


    The HanaKana fairy wants YOU to watch ALL of her anime. ALL OF THEM

  3. CHEAP TRICKS! My answer couldn’t be anything but this one, duh. For those who still don’t know what this is all about, CHEAP TRICKS refers to a scene in the visual novel Little Busters! and the second season of it’s anime adaptation, Little Busters! ~Refrain~. A difference of opinions. A withheld secret. Unexplained decisions. These things lead the protagonist Riki to challenge his oldest friend and leader of their group, Kyousuke. They each partner up and face one another in a two-on-two baseball match. Though the four are all close friends, the atmosphere of camaraderie is absent. Rain starts pouring down. Though the object of their competition is to decide the future of Rin, another friend of theirs, it feels like a battle for the very fate of the world. The final bat of the game comes, and it should be a clincher for the protagonist’s team. But then the unthinkable happens. An unseen distraction, a moment of hesitation, and then a miss. The brief silence filled with disbelief is broken by Kengo, up until then the calmest of the group. Screaming foul play (CHEAP TRICKS), he tosses the bat aside and pummels Kyousuke into the muddy ground. It takes the other two to rip Kengo, who shouts in frustration, away from Kyousuke. Kyousuke, somehow the perpetrator of the whole situation, simply stands up and glares coldly at the rest of them, saying the closing words of the scene:
    called game

    “Called game.”

    This scene powerfully depicts the moment when a troubled friendship is brought past its fracturing point. It is one of the scenes that makes the LB! visual novel a masterpiece in my eyes, and one that potentially redeems the overall subpar anime adaptation. Additionally, it has grown on me with repeated viewings, becoming even more potent after the mysteries and motivations of each of the involved were revealed. For those who have seen/read Clannad After Story, it is a watershed point of the story comparable to the scene of Ushio’s birth. I find this scene even more special, though, because it seems harder to find outright bursts of anger between friends in a scene central to the storyline. More concisely put, Kengo’s scream of rage shakes my very soul, and every time I rewatch the scene I feel like shouting CHEAP TRICKS (茶番だあぁぁぁーーーーーーーーーっ!!) along with him.

  4. I’ll be doing this all week in my Thanksgiving Times posts.
  5. I’ll also be doing this all week in my Blogathon Blitz posts. Stick around to read them!

Tags

I’ve already tagged you all previously, but here they are again.

  1. dmdutcher (Swift Samurai Keiichi)
  2. japesland (Swift Samurai Nia)
  3. TheBigN (Swift Samurai Sanji)
  4. GoodbyeNavi (Swift Samurai Shirou)
  5. 123 (Swift Samurai Kengo)
  6. Shinsei (Swift Samurai Rokuro)
  7. Emperor J (Swift Samurai Nanashi)

But wait! It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this!
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Thanksgiving Times + Blogathon Blitz and other CHEAP TRICKS

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It’s been two weeks and the blog post count is none the higher. My life may be entering an existential crisis here, and by that I mean a certain merciless editor will be threatening to end it if I don’t reach the arbitrary quota of thirty posts by the turn of the month. But fear not! This fledgling blogger has a plan! An ingenious plan that will sweep through the battlefield to seize the day and lead us to victory! I call it…

Thanksgiving Times + Blogathon Blitz!

Codename: TiTs + BooBz!

TiTs + BooBz


Carpe diem, indeed.

Okay, that was an excessively lewd name, but I think it’s still better than NaNoWriMo.

The plan is as follows. Each day starting from now until Thanksgiving day (and further as needed), Illusions To Illusions will be updated at least thrice (that means three times, right?), with the following types of posts:

  • Thanksgiving Times => The writer announces, to all who care to read, one thing that he/she/it is thankful for. Simple enough!
  • Blogathon Blitz => We choose a blog, or blogger, that we love to read! Or find ourselves greatly influenced by! Or would highly like to recommend! Or perhaps all of the above! And we write about it! Exciting!
  • Operation Post-Away-It => This is a sub-strategy in itself! Desperate times call for desperate measures, so in order to reach our quota for posts, anything goes! Picdumps, reblogs, Youtube/NicoNicoDouga video recommendations, trashy fanfiction, spontaneous poetry, and all manner of CHEAP TRICKS. I didn’t include it in the main strategy title, which is already long and unwieldy, and who knows when else it might come in handy. Incidentally, it seems that my naming sense is not getting any less lewd with Op. P-A-I!
CHEAP TRICKS!!


Our modus operandi. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

Well, that’s the gist of it. In case you don’t appreciate the ingenuity of my strategy, first consider the state of this blog: young and unknown, severely lacking in posts and in visitors. My double grab maneuver, as demonstrated earlier, assaults both fronts (oh my!) by drawing in viewers from the blogs I review while ensuring a steady stream of content to have them coming back for more. Tack on the seasonal appeal for an attack bonus, and we have ourselves a surefire path towards victory!

But wait! Regardless of how successful this strategy will turn out, most of the results will only be seen in the endgame. This leaves the earlier posts during the campaign, including this one, sitting sadly in the dust. To really jumpstart this project, I’ll have to resort to further measures. And I have just the thing…

Anime Blog Carnival: CHEAP TRICKS edition!

I WARNED YOU ABOUT CHEAP TRICKS BRO!!!


I TOLD YOU MAN
I TOLD YOU ABOUT CHEAP TRICKS!

In all fairness, blog carnivals, blogger interrogations, questionnaires, and the like are all time-honored methods for drawing in more readers (farming pageviews), encouraging discussion of particular topics (coercing people for their personal info), and leading people to discover new blogs (adding fresh meat to the circlejerk), as demonstrated in the hyperlinked trackbacks above that hopefully will bring me additional visitors. Of course, the difference here is that I am attempting to do so on only the 5th post on this blog. How cheeky of me. But after a rigorous night of review, all of my strategies have the full approval and backing of none other than the legendary tactician Zhuge Liang.

loli zhuge liang


It took a while for me to convince her that the strategy codename was coincidental and that I am, in fact, not obsessed with large breasts.

So let’s cut to the chase and get this out there. Feel free to copy-paste the following if you’d like when it’s your turn to post.

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Anime Blog Carnival: CHEAP TRICKS Edition!

Rules

If you’re tagged, please write a reply post answering the following questions. Be as concise or long-winded as you like. Please link back to this page and whoever tagged you, then tag at least two additional people (the more the better) and give each of them a silly nickname. Then find the nearest or most convenient person available online or in real life and shout “CHEAP TRICKS!” at them in your best rage voice/face. Afterwards, wish them a Happy Thanksgiving or simply bid them good day. If you were actually angry with the person, you may optionally slug them in the face with your fist, though this is not recommended.

Questions

  1. What is one CHEAP TRICK that you can’t stand or have problems with? CHEAP TRICK implies some method or element that is used towards some effect or end, whether explicitly or just in your head. It also implies that it worked on you at least once before you got wise of it. This may be something related to anime, manga, games, novels, or whatever comes to mind.
  2. What is one CHEAP TRICK that still gets you every time? For example, maybe some sad girls in the snow make you tear up no matter how lame you think the actual story is. Or maybe there’s that one voice actor or artist on board that makes a product a must-watch/read/play for you, regardless of the overall quality.
  3. What was one scene in an anime/manga/game/novel/etc. that conveyed it’s emotion so strongly that your own feelings were caught up in it? Grief, relief, joy, depression, fear, or of course rage. Note that this is different from your reaction to something outside of the in-story emotional content, like raging at a terribly written plot development or BEST GIRL not getting her deserved ending, unless the characters themselves express the same emotion.
  4. BONUS QUESTION: Thanksgiving Times (optional) – What’s one thing you’re thankful for this year/season/week/day/moment?
  5. BONUS QUESTION: Blogathon Blitz (optional) – What’s the latest and greatest blog or website you’ve discovered, and why should people check it out? If you haven’t found any new ones lately, recommend an old one that you think deserves more attention.

Answers

  1. Answer question one.
  2. Answer question two.
  3. Answer question three.
  4. Answer question four.
  5. Answer question five.

I will write my own answers in a separate post in a few hours and add a link to it below.

Tags

I’ll begin by tagging our first seven subscribers, henceforth to be known as the Seven Swift Samurai.

  1. dmdutcher (Swift Samurai Keiichi)
  2. japesland (Swift Samurai Nia)
  3. TheBigN (Swift Samurai Sanji)
  4. GoodbyeNavi (Swift Samurai Shirou)
  5. 123 (Swift Samurai Kengo)
  6. Shinsei (Swift Samurai Rokuro)
  7. Emperor J (Swift Samurai Nanashi)

Go forth, Seven Swift Samurai! The success of this mission depends on you!

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Links to participant’s replies will go here:

Letter from the Editor: What to Expect For the Near Future

Hello readers, t0moko here! My Future Diary predicts the forthcoming posts on this blog! As such, I’ve declared myself editor-in-chief of Illusions to Illusions. Our rikuo06 is holed up with a school essay assignment to finish and a math midterm to study for, but not to worry! He’ll make up on the missed posts soon enough, I’ll make sure of that! We wouldn’t want to run into a DEAD END this early in the game, would we Ri~kuo~♡

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