I Became a Magical Girl?

A few months ago, I was told by Fred that I was, indeed, a Magical Girl! It was such an astonishing piece of news that it had me dumbfounded and in awe for a few months. After finally regaining my senses recently, I figured it’s about time I step up to the challenge. Thanks for the opportunity, Fred!

Of course, this was only possible thanks to the extremely creative Pinkie who created this wonderful blog-tag-award post thingy! You have my gratitude as well, Pinkie, for creating such a fun and engaging tag-post.

If you’ve ever wondered how a Tiger became a Magical Girl, well, here’s my whimsical tale. But before you read on, know that I’ve answered the questions in my own quirky way. Bear with me!

The Rules:

1.  A Magical Girl is always polite!  So be polite! Display the Magical Girl Tag Logo, thank the one who tagged you and, if you want the tag creator to thank you for participating, tag Pinkie’s original post as well!  That last one is optional though!

2. A good magical girl gets the job done! Answer all the prompts! But do it like yourself! Come up with your own ideas, or compare it with other anime or video games! Anything goes! Just get the job done!

3. A good Magical girl always makes friends! Tag at least 2 people!  More is optional!
There is no 4! That would be bad luck!

5. A Magical girl is not defined by gender! Feel free to tag anyone!


Questions:

1. A Magical Creature descended from the skies! It is telling you, you are a magical girl!  Describe this magical messenger! What is it.. where is it from?!:

Is that you, Mum?? Why are you wearing a wedding veil??? What do you mean I’m a Magical Girl??

2. Your creature tells you about an evil force from afar! What is this evil force?! What is their goal?!

I know you don’t like it when Dad tries to get you to go fishing with him, but don’t you think you’re overreacting by calling him an evil force? He’ll be back soon you know.

3. The creature then tells you, you hold a great virtue, it is the reason you have been selected! What is this reason!:

Oh come on Mum, you only ever say that I’m a great writer when you want something from me. Let’s face it, you don’t believe that. Besides, what does writing have to do with any of this??

4. After the exposition, a monster shows up at your doorstep! It is time to transform! What is your transformation item?!:

Oh look, Dad is home. Alright Mum, fine, I’ll go fishing with Dad instead. Guess I’ll bring along my JBL Pulse 4 Portable Bluetooth Speaker. It sure does wonders to transform the mood! I wouldn’t want to sit through an hour of Dad’s relationship advice without some music.

5. Transformation scene time! How do you look as a magical girl?! What is your power and signature attack?!:

Enough with the empty compliments Mum, we’re only going fishing and all I did was wear a Hoodie. I know I’m saving you some trouble, but stop acting as if I look like Yuri Plisetsky from Yuri on Ice. Luckily, I’m bringing along my JBL Pulse 4 Portable Bluetooth Speaker. With this, I’ll be able to drown out Dad’s relationship advice by blasting some music while we’re fishing! It’ll probably scare the fishes away, but it’s the best move I’ve got.

6. Catchphrase time! Name some of those lines you repeat in every episode.. and tell us when you use them!  This can be a transformation phrase.. or just something cool you keep repeating!:

(On the fishing pier)

I’m single, Dad. I keep telling you, I’m single. Can we stop talking about this now? You always make me repeat this.

(Music blasts in the background)

7. Are you a solo magical girl?! Do you work in a team?! Are you the first recruit or a supportive one?!:

(Back home)

Mum, I’m back! You know, Mum, even though I’m the supportive one, you should try asking one of your other two sons next time.

8. Every magical girl  has a goal in her normal life as well! What would your goal be?!:

(Before bed)

What a day. Sigh, I wish I had a Job I could LOVE doing, one that earns me enough to support both me and my family’s needs. That way, I could buy Dad his fish and buy Mum something proper instead of that wedding veil she’s been wearing all day.

9. What is the dark twist to your being a magical girl?!:

(Asleep)

In the witching hours of the night, amidst the darkness of my bedroom, a veiled woman glared at me in utter contempt. She whispered beneath her breath,

IT SHOULD’VE BEEN ME. I SHOULD’VE BEEN A MAGICAL GIRL, NOT YOU.


Well, that wasn’t so bad, was it? Okay, maybe it was a little bad. But either ways, this has been my not-so-whimsical tale of becoming a Magical Girl!

On a more serious note, you should also check out some of the other nominees of this tag-post! I didn’t expect to see so much effort put into writing such amazing stories. I was definitely inspired by their efforts.

Check out Al’s story here!

Check out Foovay’s story here!

Tagging:

Lynn: I know you’ve been tagged, but I’ll tag you again anyways since I know you write your own stories!

Scott: I’ve read your space story before, so I’d love to see how you’d reply to this tag post!

allthefujoshiunite: This could inspire you to make your own tag post hahaha 🙂

eggsandwich04: I’m curious to see how you’d reply to this!

Crow: As a Tiger, it would be cool to see a Crow become a Magical Girl!

As always, even if you’re tagged, don’t feel obligated. Thanks for reading!

P.s. I don’t own a JBL Pulse 4 Portable Bluetooth Speaker.

Blogging was my Salvation, but also my Damnation (A Brief Update)

Almost 10 months ago, I began my journey as a blogger. I’d been stifled by the idleness of having had nothing meaningful to do during my spare time, but this all changed when I ventured into blogging. I doted on the concept of expressing myself on a professional yet personalised stage, and it quickly became the ideal supplement to placate my woes. Except, this only lasted 8 months. Roughly 2 months ago, I made the decision to take a step back from blogging for awhile. I wanted to revisit the unremarkable placidity of my bygone days. I wanted to express myself without being confined by the rules that I’d set for myself. I wanted to liberate myself from the shackles that had saved me. It’s all ironic, isn’t it?

Why I decided to take a break

The biggest goal I’d set for myself before my hiatus had been to publish daily posts or even weekly posts of my writing, but I was soon forced to acknowledge the reality that such a goal had been too daunting of a challenge for me given the commitments I had and with my temperament. Writing became a mental struggle. It was exhausting, and it only served to add more stress. I detested writing for the sake of it, and eventually started being disapproving of my own writing. By then, I knew I had to take some time away from it all.

What the break did for me

This hiatus gave my mind respite from the usual strains. I no longer felt the need to obsess with critically analysing everything I watch. I was once more graced by the joy of letting myself be carried away by a show, immersing in its enchanting storytelling and all else it had to offer. It felt natural and addictive. I no longer forced myself to think about what this or that signified in the grand scheme of things, like what a protagonist’s choice of weapon symbolised or what the heroine’s favourite colour hinted at. I managed to find more time to spend on other things, like sleep! But more than anything else, these past few months has let me realise how far I had strayed from my initial ambitions. It reminded me of why I wanted to write in the first place.

So, what now?

Well, I’ve realised that writing to me meant more than just putting out posts on a frequent basis. I’ve always wanted to write to the best of my ability, to write with a vigour and passion that would awe a reader. But the reality for someone like me is that it takes time, persistence and in fact the right amount of interest to be fully invested in expressing myself properly. As much as I get really uncomfortable leaving the website unattended for long periods of time, It might be healthier for me to only post my writing when I know that I can write satisfactorily. Quality over quantity I guess. We’ll see.

Thanks for reading, truly!

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I’ve Been Challenged to Give It A Light Novel Title!

We’re all aware of how incredulously long and ridiculously straightforward many Light Novel titles these days have been. In a bid to poke a little bit of fun at the seemingly upward trend of these comical titles, Dewbond of Shallow Dives in Anime created this hilarious challenge — the Give It A Light Novel Title Challenge! This is the second challenge I’ve picked up that (kind of) originated from him, with the first being the Put a Tune to It tag, and I will say that I’m constantly amazed at this man’s endless creativity.

But of course, I might not have done this challenge if it wasn’t for the two wonderful people that nominated me, neverarguewithafish and Le Fenette!

It hasn’t been that long since I started reading neverarguewithafish‘s posts, but I must admit that I’m drawn to his posts. Partly, because of his fascinating name, but also because I enjoy his easy to read reviews! As a fellow book-lover and fantasy maniac myself, I especially liked how he talked about the anime Ascendence of a Bookworm.

Meanwhile, Le Fenette of Anicourses sounds like a friendly and passionate author. Their amiable vibes make their writing feel like a conversation at times, while their passion for the things they write about empowers their every word. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more! Their take on this challenge was also ridiculously good, so definitely check that out HERE!


The Rules

  • Choose up to five anime, manga or visual novel series that have a short title
    • Light novels that have shorter titles (Date A Live for example) are also allowed.
  • Give these series a new title based on those classic overly long Light Novels we love!
  • If someone has already picked a series you wanted. It’s OK! Let’s see your own take on the title!
  • Link back to the original post so I can read people’s suggestions, I’d love to read everyone’s ideas.
  • Include Give it a Light Novel title in your tags so everyone including myself can find them all easily.
  • Nominate around 1-6 bloggers. I nominate
    • Foovay (let me nominate you on behalf of Irina xd)
    • Annieme (the sweetest blogger around)
    • Gah who am I kidding, you’ve all probably been nominated already, so on to the titles!

Beelzebub

Why the hell is there a demon baby in my bedroom!?

Grand Blue

Do all college students play with each other naked!?

Kemono Michi: Rise up!

My lifelong dream to touch animals is finally happening in another world!!

Hinamatsuri

That time I almost died after adopting a powerful alien girl that fell from the sky.


For a blog supposedly dedicated to discussing anime, I sure haven’t been posting any reviews at all. Nevertheless I do appreciate everyone that continue to read my posts. Thank you!

Time to Unravel my Mysteries: Mystery Blogger Award

The true identity of the Mystery Blogger Award had always been an actual mystery to me. I’ve always had my own perceptions of it, and never really understood what it meant. Did it mean I was nominated because I was mysterious? Perhaps the title was meant to invoke mystery? Or maybe the questions asked would be of a mysterious theme? I had so many questions!

But thanks to YumDeku‘s post in which I was nominated, I understood the reason behind the choice of name. He explained the gist of it in his post, and it totally makes sense now considering that the creator of this tag was named Okoto Enigma. Thanks for the nomination YumDeku!

But hey, Lynn from The Otaku Author nominated me as well! Thank you Lynn. Do check out his own entry of the Mystery Blogger Award! I love reading his stuff, and if you haven’t already, I’m pretty sure you would too.

Alright (sigh), the rules:

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

Here we go.


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Responsibility In Writing (100 Follower Appreciation Post)

There are over 7,700,000,000 individuals living, breathing and roaming this world, yet not a single one of us is exactly the same as the other. No, we are our own person, and amazingly enough, we all offer a little bit of something from our lives that only we can offer. That’s more than 7 billion unique characters in a single planet. Imagine that. Now imagine if all 7 billion of us were writers.

wow, 7 billion is a lot of zeros!

In the perspective of the writer, our words are our voice, and how we write these words become our personality. There’s an art to writing beautifully, and there’s beauty in writing artfully. It’s not just what you say, but a matter of how you say it. Writing is a conversation, and in it, our character defines who we are. And in the market of eternally-regurgitated words, personality that distinguishes writing is priceless.

A writer’s personality is what shapes their choice of words. Words can be emotional. They can affect our mood. They can be honest and they can be sincere. They can be energetic and revitalising, yet heartfelt and depressing. They can be malicious, yet filled with good intent. Ultimately, they have power. But with great power comes great responsibility.

As personal bloggers, our words are our identity. We spend hours curating the perfect words that resonate with our person, then lay it out there for others to scrutinise. Not only does our writing reflect upon us, it also influences our audience.

Ultimately, it is in both our personal and our audience’s best interests for us to be writing responsibly. There is a need to be mindful of the things we say, and understand our position as the voice that addresses a crowd. Just as how we should be mindful of what we say verbally, we should also be careful of what we say in writing.

That being said, writing responsibly doesn’t mean forsaking your own identity. It simply means to understand the things we talk about and to be aware of its implications. I guess what I’m trying to say is, writing is an art that requires a lot of care. So let’s practice that care. Yup, that’s it.

I hope this didn’t sound convoluted ;P

I wanted to write something meaningful as part of my 100 follower milestone, so I hope this post didn’t rub off in the wrong way.

Writing has given me an alternative voice. It has allowed me to interact and connect with all sorts of people from around the globe, and has even inspired me to become a better person. So thank you.

Thank you to the ones that actually read, thank you to the ones that take the time to comment, thank you to the ones that support with a like and also thank you to the ones that write. All of you inspire me on a daily basis. Writing is a lot of work, but I can confidently say that I love writing more than ever today, and it’s all thanks to you!

so thank you!

2020 Profile and Resolutions

Phew, there’s still a few minutes before midnight. The daily streak lives on!

Sike. Fast forward a few hours and I’ve still yet to finish. So once again my daily streak is over. But as a wise Lynn once said, don’t limit yourself to a single timezone! The day has only just begun, somewhere else on this planet.

So with 2020 already days in, I thought this site needed a resolution. A goal setting plaque to remind me of what I set out to do by the end of the year. Where better than to ingrain this plaque into the very site itself, for my constant perusal. Since I’ll be checking back to this quite a bit, why not keep track of some anime stats about myself as well? I wonder if they’ll remain the same by the end of 2020.


Favourite Genres as at 2020

  1. Fantasy
  2. Adventure
  3. Slice of Life
  4. Game

All Time Favourite Animes

  1. Sword Art Online Franchise
  2. Gintama Franchise
  3. One Piece Franchise
  4. Zero no Tsukaima Series

Favourite Anime Waifu

  1. Louise (Zero no Tsukaima)
  2. Taiga (Toradora!)
  3. Shana (Shakugan no Shana)
  4. Yes, all of Rie Kugumiya’s voices

Favourite Studios

  1. A-1 Pictures
  2. Madhouse
  3. Kyoto Animation
  4. Bones

2020 Resolutions

I’ve never written out my goals for others to see, and frankly speaking I’ve rarely ever accomplished them. But, new year new me?

  • I wish to take a step further in monetising my blog
  • I aim to write with my own style and improve my language and standard of writing
  • I’ll strive to grow this blog to be able to average the highest of my daily views in 2019
  • I want to redevelop my site for a more professional look
  • My ultimate goal is for this site to be among the go-to place for anime content (Beyond 2020)

Pretty standard goals, but they’re the most immediate ones. It feels super weird to let others see my goals, but I guess it’s better than keeping it to myself and changing nothing. So here’s to a better year ahead, for me and for you. See you soon with more anime content!

P.s. First time posting with a phone! Been stuck in a hotel without my laptop for 2 days. Sorry for the lack of images. May or may not remove this in a few days if I think it’s too cringe lol

Last Week, I Went To Japan

12 Days without posting? Only 1 post so far this month of December? Ugh don’t look at me, I’m ashamed!

Anyway, I’m finally back from Japan! If you hadn’t already known (why would you), I visited Japan for the first time! I’ve been spending the past 7 days or so in Tokyo, as the title has it. The week long trip was all sorts of amazing, but at the same time, very very exhausting. So I chose to put aside my desire to write and simply bathed in the experience. Now that I’m home, I can finally calmly put my thoughts into words, at least I hope.

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My First Ever Tag – The Geeky Childhood Tag

good times

I’ve never actually gotten to answering any of the award tags I’ve received before (my apologies). This is my first! Since I haven’t really written much about myself before, I guess I’m long due for one of these.

Now, let’s clear up some things first.

This tag originated from Michelle at A Geek Girl’s Guide, but I personally discovered this through Voyager’s nomination. So thanks again for the nomination, Voyager!

The rules? There are none. Now that’s new eh?

So without further ado, let’s get straight into my interestingly uninteresting geeky(?) childhood!

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Its about time I formally introduce myself, I think?

Tiger: Hey guys, its me again!
You: Who?
Tiger: Haha... Don't be silly, its me you big dummy! Tiger!
You: Oh haha... I'm sorry, do I know you?

What do you think? Pretty accurate, huh? If you hadn’t already noticed (I’m sure u did though), I’ve been missing for almost 2 whole solid days. That’s a new record. I think 3 days before that, my record had only been 1 solid day of not posting! Oh how far I’ve come. To think that I’ve only just started this journey less than 2 weeks ago. Here’s to more record setting moments! What a glorious occasion… OK, sorry I’ll be a bit more serious.

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