If these Getting Back to My Roots segments have brought anything to our website, it has been in the form of discovering other blogs. Perhaps the best and most interesting thus far has been Fujinsei, where blogger Arria talks all these Japanese pop culture and has a deep affinity for the anime medium. She was gracious enough to answer some interview questions, so I have posted them here. Eventually I plan to feature a variety of interviews with other anime bloggers/reviewers/podcasters. Thanks, Arria! We appreciate your contribution to this feature!
1.) When did you first get into anime?
I can’t remember exactly when I first got into anime. All I know is that I was very young. From the time I started kindergarten, I already remember watching anime. What do I know? Perhaps I was already watching anime from the moment I exited my mother’s womb.
2.) What were some of the formative anime titles for you?
Definitely Dragon Ball, Yu Yu Hakusho, and Rekka no Honou (Flame of Recca). These are the ones that I remember watching with my father as a child. And for some reason, we watched them in original Japanese audio with no subtitles. I think it was because there wasn’t any dubs available during that time, in my mother country at least.
Of course, I also enjoyed Pokemon but I enjoyed the games more than the anime, since it was already English-dubbed. Same withSailor Moon. It was already compiled in VHS format imported from the U.S. so there was already no trace of the original Japanese audio.
3.) Where did you grow up?
I was born in the Philippines. I spent my childhood there, before moving to Canada where I spent my entire teenage years and still live here as an adult.
4.) Did where you grew up have an affect on your anime watching/experiences?
Yes, of course. Filipinos love Japanese anime. As I’ve mentioned before, I remember watching anime with my father as a child. It means that most of the time, the entire family enjoys watching anime in Filipino households. There’s always an anime show airing in Filipino TV everyday.
I think part of the reason for this close connection between Filipinos and Japanese TV is that TOEI Animation Philippines became the 100% subsidiary of TOEI Animation Japan in the 90’s. I heard that currently, TOEI Animation Philippines does about 3/4 of the animation work in shows. So go figure.
5.) Do you attend anime conventions?
No, unfortunately I don’t attend anime conventions. I prefer reading about them, rather than personally attending. But my attitude towards them may change in the future. I’m not sure.
6.) If so, do you cosplay? Why or Why not?
No, I don’t cosplay. I prefer looking and admiring other cosplayers, rather than cosplaying myself.
7.) What are you currently watching?
Man, this is a LONG list. But just to give you an idea, I’m currently watching my all-time favourites ONE PIECE andHUNTERxHUNTER (2011). Of course, I watch a whole bunch of other shows, but these 2 are the ones that I prioritize.
8.) Have you ever considered visiting Japan?
Yes, of course. I have some family living there, not to mention I blog about it.
9.) What are some projects and/or titles you are looking forward to in the near future?
I’m looking forward to the conclusion of ONE PIECE and HUNTERxHUNTER. I’m willing to wait, no matter how long these series take to end. But you say “near future”, which I don’t think applies to both these titles. . .hmmm. . .perhaps Yowamushi Pedal 2 and Magic Kaito which will both air next month. But if we’re talking about titles that I’m REALLY looking forward to, then that will be the season 2 of Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan).
10.) Where do you see the anime industry heading in the next few years?
That’s quite a difficult question. But from what I perceive now, I see that it will be geared more towards the international market. There will also be more mature content than ever before. As for the distribution, it will partner with more anime-streaming websites such as Crunchyroll where you pay a premium every month to watch high-quality episodes. I think that most episodes will be watched through online streaming, less through DVDs, and even lesser through English-dubbed episodes on foreign TV. Finally, I also think that there will be more non-Japanese working behind the scenes to create these anime shows.
Be on the lookout for more interviews in the future!